Cortland County reports 16 new COVID cases
Cortland County reported 16 new confirmed cases of COVID- 19 on Friday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,880.
In all, 39 new cases were confirmed in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 12,929 cases since the pandemic began. No new deaths were reported, the number of people who have died from the virus remaining at 199.
• The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 450 patients, 100 of them confirmed positive. Two people are hospitalized, bringing to 178 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 88,156 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 15 new cases Friday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,586, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,537,995 people have been tested. Fortythree 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 eight new cases Friday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,463. The state reports 144,851 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 14 new cases on campus Friday. Thirty-six people were in isolation and 55 in quarantine. It has reported 360 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 241 cases this semester and 58 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 eight cases Wednesday, bringing it to 773 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. Its two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.09%.
• Tompkins Cortland Community College last reported two cases Feb. 25. It has reported no cases in the past 14 days. The total was 24 cases since Aug. 1. The college has tested 3,234 people. No students were quarantined or isolation.
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.
54,053 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties
The state Health Department reported Friday that 10,089 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 21.1% of the county’s population.
In Tompkins County, 26,205 people have received at least one dose, or 25.5% of the population. Cayuga County has seen 17,759 people with at least one dose, or 23% of the population.
Statewide, 4.2 million people have received at least one dose, or 21% of the state’s population.
Cortland clinic to vaccine those older than 60
After the announcement from New York that people older than 60 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, a March 28 clinic will be open to those people, Cortland County announced this week.
The Cortland County Area Agency on Aging and Kinney Drugs will administer 1,100 doses of COVID vaccine to people older than 60 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 28. The event, at Homer High School, is specifically for people older than 60 who have not been able to get their first dose, the county announced.
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.