October 21, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 3/22

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Cortland County reports 13 new cases

Cortland County reported 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,957.

In all, 60 new cases were confirmed in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 13,215 cases since the pandemic began. One new death was reported, the number of people who have died from the virus rising to 204.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 405 patients, 54 of them confirmed positive. Three people are hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 183 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 91,554 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 31 new cases Saturday and Sunday, and one new death. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,730, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,670,896 people have been tested. Forty-eight 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 16 new cases over the weekend. Confirmed cases rose to 5,528. The state reports 151,322 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 no new cases Saturday. Thirty-six people were in isolation and 36 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 272 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 22 cases Thursday, bringing it to 862 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. Its two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.16%.
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College reported one case Wednesday. The total was 26 cases since Aug. 1 and two in the previous 14 days. The college has tested 3,674 people. No students were quarantined; no one was 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.

60,961 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 11,914 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 24.9% of the county’s population.

In Tompkins County, 33,516 people have received at least one dose, or 32.6% of the population. Cayuga County has seen 21,013 people with at least one dose, or 27.2% of the population.

Statewide, 5.13 million people have received at least one dose, or 25.7% of the state’s population.

Cornell University upgrades COVID alert status to yellow

ITHACA — Cornell University upgraded its coronavirus alert status to yellow from green on Friday, after seeing 74 new cases of COVID-19 in a week.

“Even more disturbing than the number of new cases is what is behind those numbers: a blatant disregard by some students for the public health requirements contained in the behavioral compact that each of you have agreed to uphold,” President Martha E. Pollack and Provost Michael I. Kotlikoff said in a joint statement.

About half the new cases are among first-year students on North Campus. Many of the rest were linked to Greek-life organizations, athletic teams, on- and off-campus parties, and travel outside of the Ithaca area, the officials said.

Students are increasingly skipping their surveillance tests, failing to complete a daily check and have provided false information to contact tracers, or refused to comply altogether, Pollack and Kotlikoff said.

“Failure to adhere to guidelines around facial coverings and gatherings, failure to meet your required testing schedule or to complete the daily check health assessment, and failure to provide a full and accurate account of your contacts if you contract the virus are all violations of the behavioral compact,” the administrators said. Students and student groups violating that compact will face disciplinary action.