November 30, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 3/17

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Cortland County reports 11 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported 11 new confirmed cases of COVID- 19 Tuesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,923.

In all, 30 new cases were confirmed in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 13,050 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 379 patients, 80 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 89,385 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 12 new cases Tuesday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,634, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,594,475 people have been tested. Fortyseven 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 seven new cases Monday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,493. The state reports 147,154 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.

Colleges

• SUNY Cortland reported nine new cases on campus Sunday, 11 Monday but none on Tuesday. Fifty-one people were in isolation and 71 in quarantine. It has reported 385 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 261 cases this semester and 62 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 nine cases Friday, three Saturday, six Sunday and 10 Monday, bringing it to 812 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. Its twoweek rolling positivity rate was 0.12%.

• 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 3,444 people. One student was quarantined; none were 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.

56,206 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department reported Sunday that 10,584 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 22.1% of the county’s population.

In Tompkins County, 27,705 people have received at least one dose, or 27% of the population. Cayuga County has seen 19,052 people with at least one dose, or 24.7% of the population.

Statewide, 4.58 million people have received at least one dose, or 22.9% of the state’s population.

Tompkins County gets 1,970 doses

Tompkins County received 1,970 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for this week. Of that, 1,170 doses are designated for individuals with comorbidities and 800 doses are designated for phase 1a and 1b essential workers. The Tompkins County Health Department urges people eligible for the vaccine to sign up at its vaccine registry at tompkinscountyny.gov/health/covid19-vaccineform.

“Vaccines are the best way to protect you and your family from COVID-19. Achieving community immunity is critical to get past this pandemic,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “We’re near 27% of our community having received their first dose, we need to get to at least 75% as quickly as we can.”

People without computer or internet access may also call 2-1-1 (877-211-8667) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to register for the vaccine.