October 22, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 3/6

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Cortland County reports 30 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported 30 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Friday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,798.

In all, 56 new cases were confirmed Friday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 12,719 cases since the pandemic began. No new deaths were reported, the number of people who have died from the virus remaining 197.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 387 patients, 138 of them confirmed positive. Seven people are hospitalized, bringing to 178 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 85,587 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 11 new cases Friday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,500, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,440,457 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 15 new cases Friday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,421. The state reports 140,309 people have been tested. Eighty-nine people have died, the state reports, including 48 at The Commons on St. Anthony and two at Auburn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Colleges

  • SUNY Cortland reported six new cases on campus Friday. Fifty-six people were in isolation and 71 in quarantine. It has reported 316 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 214 cases this semester and 87 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 seven cases Wednesday, bringing it to 724 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. Its two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.07%.
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College last reported two cases Feb. 25. It has reported two cases in the past 14 days. The total was 24 cases since Aug. 1. The college has tested 3,008 people. No students were quarantined or isolated.

Public schools

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

Price Chopper offers vaccines in Cortlandville

Price Chopper/Market 32 has added new pharmacies in New York, including Cortlandville, to offer the Johnson & Johnson and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, based on availability, to individuals who qualify, particularly people older than 65.

Appointments at the store, on Route 13, can be made at www. pricechopper.com/covidvaccine. Distribution remains uneven, the retailer warned, so it advises people check the site routinely for potential appointments.

“We have been working very closely with state officials to accelerate the vaccination rate in the communities we serve,” said Kathy Bryant, vice president of pharmacy. “Price Chopper/ Market 32 is proud to extend the expertise of our pharmacists to the critical task of administering COVID-19 vaccines and we are confident that we will soon be able to offer the same in other stores throughout our six-state footprint.”

Free COVID tests Thursday in Owasco

Cayuga County will offer a no-cost COVID-19 testing clinic from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday at Emerson Park Pavilion, 6843 E. Lake Road, Owasco, for people who are not experiencing coronavirus symptoms.

This is a rapid-result test; it has no residency requirement. Be prepared to wait 30 minutes on-site for results.

Appointments are required, and can be made by going to www.cayugacounty.us/health and clicking on the “COVID-19 Clinics” button.