December 2, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 3/3

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Cortland County reports 17 new COVID-19 cases

Cortland County reported 17 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,737.

In all, 28 new cases were confirmed Tuesday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 12,584 cases since the pandemic began. No new deaths were reported, the number of people who have died from the virus remaining 196.

• The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 372 patients, 115 of them confirmed positive. Eight people are hospitalized, bringing to 176 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 83,932 negative test results. The county has reported 23 deaths in addition to 39 who died at nursing homes — 20 at Cortland Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 15 at Crown Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and four at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center’s nursing and rehabilitation facility.

• Tompkins County reported four new cases Tuesday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,461, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,399,018 people have been tested. Forty-two Tompkins residents have died, including 10 at Oak Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center, state data show, six at Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, three at Groton Community Health Care Center and two at Cayuga Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

• In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported seven new cases Tuesday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,386. The state reports 137,817 people have been tested. Eighty-eight people have died, the state reports, including 48 at The Commons on St. Anthony and two at Auburn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.


• SUNY Cortland reported 11 new cases on campus Tuesday. Fifty-seven people were in isolation and 66 in quarantine. It has reported 296 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 199 cases this semester and 92 in the past 14 days. It reported 781 cases between Aug. 26 and Jan. 9, college and State University of New York data show.

• Cornell University reported four cases Friday, two Saturday and one Sunday, bringing it to 707 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. Its two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.05%.

• Tompkins Cortland Community College reported two cases Thursday. It has reported three cases in the past 14 days. The total was 24 cases since Aug. 1. The college has tested 2,735 people. Two students were quarantined; two were isolated.

Public schools

Here are how many cases of COVID- 19 have been reported at schools since the school year began, according to the New York State Health Department.

Tompkins County gets 2,470 doses

Tompkins County received 2,470 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week, of which 1,570 will be designated for people older than 65.

The Tompkins County Health Department said another 300 doses are targeted for people with comorbidities and 600 for workers in Phase 1b, particularly pre-kindergartend to high school workers and in-person college instructors.

The Tompkins County COVID-19 Vaccine Registry is being used to communicate directly with eligible individuals. The health department uses the eligibility criteria to randomly select groups for available doses. To ensure that clinics are filled, it may send links to more individuals than the clinics can accomodate. If you receive a link but no appointment is available, you will continue to receive a link in upcoming weeks.

The vaccine registry does not sign people up for an appointment, but the county encourages Tompkins residents to sign up for it at

Last week, Tompkins County received 2,100 doses.

Cayuga Health resumes visits

ITHACA — Cayuga Health announced Tuesday that it will resume limited inpatient visitation policy due to the decrease of COVID-19 cases and declining hospitalizations.

Visiting Hours at Cayuga Medical Center are 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends. Visits will be limited to one person per day for a maximum of four hours.

Following state guidelines:

• Everyone entering the hospital or offsite location will be temperature checked and screened for symptoms or potential exposure to someone with COVID.

• Patients undergoing same-day procedures may be accompanied by a companion, who may remain with the patient through the initial intake process; and may rejoin the patient during the discharge process.

• Visitors will be required to wear a mask.

• Visitors must remain in the patient’s room throughout the visit.

• Visitors must be 18 or older.

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