January 18, 2022

Coronavirus briefs 3/18

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Cortland County reports 6 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,929.

In all, 32 new cases were confirmed in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 13,082 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 365 patients, 76 of them confirmed positive. Two people are hospitalized, bringing to 180 the number hospitalized since the pandemic began. The Cortland County Health Department has received 89,796 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 22 new cases Wednesday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,656, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,607,016 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 four new cases Wednesday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,497. The state reports 148,117 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 one new case Wednesday. Forty-seven people were in isolation and 65 in quarantine. It has reported 388 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 262 cases this semester and 61 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 two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.12%.
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College reported its most recent case Saturday, its first case since Feb. 25. The total was 25 cases since Aug. 1. The college has tested 3,444 people. No students were quarantined or 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.

58,042 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department reported Sunday that 10,716 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 22.4% of the county’s population.

In Tompkins County, 28,071 people have received at least one dose, or 27.3% of the population. Cayuga County has seen 19,255 people with at least one dose, or 25% of the population.

Statewide, 4.7 million people have received at least one dose, or 23.5% of the state’s population.

Fully vaccinated? You can…

The Tompkins County Health Department clarified recent state and federal guidance on what people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 can do.

Fully vaccinated individuals may now:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
  • Visit indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease, without wearing masks or physical distancing.
  • Be exempt from quarantine and testing following a known exposure or travel if asymptomatic.

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states an individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine.

“Even though the vaccines are incredibly effective, scientists are still working to confirm whether you can spread the disease once fully vaccinated,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “Therefore, everyone must continue to wear a mask and keep distance from one another in public, and avoid crowds — this is critical to protect the most vulnerable until we can achieve herd immunity.”

With or without vaccination, you can…

New York is expanding gathering limits and has issued the following guidelines effective March 22, reports the Tompkins County Health Department.

  • Gatherings at private residences are still limited to 10 people indoors but have been increased to 25 people outdoors.
  • Gatherings in public spaces, previously limited to 50 people, will be limited to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors.