October 22, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 3/16

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Cortland County reports 15 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,912.

In all, 33 new cases were confirmed in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 13,020 cases since the pandemic began. No new deaths were reported, the number of people who have died from the virus remaining at 203.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 358 patients, 87 of them confirmed positive. Two people are hospitalized, bringing to 179 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 89,006 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 eight new cases Monday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,622, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,572,527 people have been tested. Forty-seven 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 10 new cases Monday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,486. The state reports 146,639 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 no new cases on campus Saturday. Thirty-nine people were in isolation and 51 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 55 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 11 cases Thursday, bringing it to 784 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. Its two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.11%.
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College reported one case Saturday, its first case since Feb. 25. The total was 25 cases since Aug. 1. The college has tested 3,317 people. One student was quarantined; one was isolated.

Public schools

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

56,206 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department reported Sunday that 10,501 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 22% of the county’s population.

In Tompkins County, 27,400 people have received at least one dose, or 26.7% of the population. Cayuga County has seen 18,935 people with at least one dose, or 24.5% of the population.

Statewide, 4.49 million people have received at least one dose, or 22.5% of the state’s population.

Cayuga County offers 2 COVID testing clinics

Cayuga County offers two COVID-19 testing clinics this week:

  • 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Auburn Community Hospital for people who are either showing symptoms, or are asymptomatic. Enter via the hospital’s helipad entrance on Lansing Street.
  • Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday at Emerson Park Pavilion, 6843 E. Lake Road, Owasco. This is a rapid-result clinic for people without symptoms. There is no residency requirement.

Both clinics require an appointment, which can be made at www.cayugacounty.us/ health. Click on the “COVID-19 Clinics” button.