October 21, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 3/23

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Cortland County reports 6 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,963.

In all, 17 new cases were confirmed in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing them to 13,215 cases since the pandemic began. No new deaths were reported, the number of people who have died from the virus remaining at 204.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 315 patients, 51 of them confirmed positive. Five people are hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 185 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 91,635 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 six new cases Monday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,736, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,685,348 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 five new cases Monday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,533. The state reports 151,834 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 one new case Monday. Thirty-one people were in isolation and 13 in quarantine. It has reported 391 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 273 cases this semester and 52 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 3,727 people. Two students were quarantined; two 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.

67,419 receive COVID vaccine

The state Health Department has reported that 12,012 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 25.1% of the county’s population.

In Tompkins County, 34,185 people have received at least one dose, or 33.3% of the population. Cayuga County has seen 21,222 people with at least one dose, or 27.5% of the population.

Statewide, 5.2 million people have received at least one dose, or 26.1% of the state’s population.

Tompkins County finds 3 variants

Tompkins County reported Monday that it has found three recent variants of the COVID-19 virus among a recent spike in people who have contracted coronavirus.

The county had 150 active cases Monday, up from a low of

76 on March 2, most of which was connected to social gatherings or travel, Tompkins Public Health Director Frank Kruppa said.

It’s also seen three new variants:

  • B.1.1.7, known as the U.K. variant.
  • NYC B.1.526, known as the New York City variant.
  • Cal.20C, known as the Southern California variant.

“These variants are concerning because they may spread faster or could result in more severe disease,” Kruppa said. “At this time, we are not asking the community to do anything beyond the current guidance to respond to the presence of these variants. Vaccination, mask wearing, hand washing, and distancing are still our most important tools to ensure less opportunity for variants and mutations to occur and spread.”