December 2, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 3/8

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Cortland County reports 20 new cases

Cortland County reported 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,818.

In all, 70 new cases were confirmed Friday in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 12,779 cases since the pandemic began.

One new death was reported, the number of people who have died from the virus rising to 198.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 375 patients, 116 of them confirmed positive. Six people are hospitalized, bringing to 178 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 86,291 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 23 new cases Saturday and Sunday, and one new death. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,523, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,471,339 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 17 new cases over the weekend. Confirmed cases rose to 5,438. The state reports 142,193 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.

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.


  • SUNY Cortland reported no new cases on campus Saturday. Forty-five people were in isolation and 48 in quarantine. It has reported 317 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 12 cases Thursday, bringing it to 736 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.

Cayuga County offers testing clinic

The Cayuga County Health Department and Auburn Community Hospital will offer a no-cost, drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the hospital.

The clinic, for patients either showing or not showing symptoms, is available by entering the hospital at the helipad entrance on Lansing Street.

An appointment is required, and can be made by going to health and clicking on the “COVID-19 Clinics” button.