October 25, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 3/9

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Cortland County reports 14 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported 14 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,832.

In all, 23 new cases were confirmed in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 12,802 cases since the pandemic began.

One new death was reported, the number of people who have died from the virus rising to 199.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 383 patients, 110 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 86,477 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 six new cases Monday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,529, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,481,674 people have been tested. Forty-three 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 three new cases Monday, and one new death. Confirmed cases rose to 5,441. The state reports 142,435 people have been tested. Ninety 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 seven new cases on campus Monday. Thirty-nine people were in isolation and 37 in quarantine. It has reported 329 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 221 cases this semester and 80 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; one was in isolation.

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.

48,642 receive vaccine to date in 3 counties

The state Health Department reported Monday that 9,123 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 19.1% of the county’s population.

In Tompkins County, 23,154 people have received at least one dose, or 22.5% of the population. Cayuga County has seen 16,365 people with at least one dose, or 21.2% of the population.

Statewide, 3.75 million people have received at least one dose, or 18.8% of the state’s population.

Cortland, Kinney offer vaccination clinic for seniors

The Cortland County Area Agency on Aging and Kinney Drugs will administer 1,100 doses of COVID vaccine to people older than 65 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 28.

The event, at Homer High School, is specifically for people older than 65 who have not been able to get their first dose, the county announced Monday.

“Making sure our seniors have adequate access to vaccine has been a top priority and this clinic will help to ensure no senior who wants vaccine is left behind,” said Elizabeth Haskins, director of the area agency on aging.”

“Securing a vaccination appointment is often too burdensome, especially for seniors who aren’t technologically savvy,” said John Marraffa, vice president of healthcare services integration for KPH Healthcare Services. “Many do not have a caretaker to help them navigate this process, so it’s important that we assist these seniors in securing a vaccine.”

The county seeks volunteers to help with the clinic. Interested people can call 607-745-0072.

To register for the event, call 607-756-3415 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. by Tuesday.

Seniors already on the county’s list will be contacted directly.

Tompkins County gets 1,170 doses

Tompkins County received 1,170 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week, of which 700 will be for Phase 1b workers and 470 for people with comorbidities.

The doses for 1b essential workers will no longer be separated out by industry and will be offered to a random selection of individuals who have signed up for the Tompkins County COVID-19 Vaccine Registry.

All available appointments have been filled for this week.

The Tompkins County Health Department suggests residents sign up for the registry at tompkinscountyny.gov/health/ covid19vaccineform. If you lack computer access, call 877-2118667 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

In order to ensure that clinics are filled, the department may send links to more individuals in a group than the number of appointments.

“We need 100% of those who are eligible to get vaccinated when an appointment becomes available for you,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “We’re also asking that people continue to take care of friends and family members by sharing information about the registry and vaccine safety and efficacy.”

But keep wearing masks and socially distancing, he added.