December 8, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 3/27

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Cortland County reports 6 new cases

Cortland County reported six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,994.

In all, 47 cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 13,369 the number of people who have contracted coronavirus since the pandemic began in March 2020. 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 314 patients, 56 of them confirmed positive. Three people are hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 186 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 93,957 negative test results. The county has reported 62 deaths.

• Tompkins County reported 30 new cases Friday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,807, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,737,496 people have been tested. Forty-eight Tompkins residents have died.

• In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 11 new cases Friday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,568. The state reports 154,753 people have been tested. Ninety people have died, the state reports.

Colleges

• SUNY Cortland reported no new cases Friday. Nineteen people were in isolation and 18 in quarantine. It has reported 397 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 277 cases this semester and 35 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 24 cases Wednesday and 85 since March 15, bringing it to 925 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. Its two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.19%. It remains in a yellow alert, restricting campus activities.

• Tompkins Cortland Community College reported one case Friday. The total was 27 cases since Aug. 1 and three in the previous 14 days. The college has tested 3,979 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.

72,021 get COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 12,964 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 27.1% of the county’s population.

In Tompkins County, 36,853 people have received at least one dose, or 35.9% of the population. Cayuga County has seen 22,474 people with at least one dose, or 29.1% of the population.

Statewide, 5.63 million people have received at least one dose, or 28.2% of the state’s population.

Health group gets $2.7M to expand vaccines, testing

Family Health Network of Central New York, of Homer, will get $2.7 million in federal funding to expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and treatment for underserved populations, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Friday.

The funding is part of $397 million for 63 community health centers in state as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, the New York Democrats said.

“This critical federal investment, that I fought to secure in the American Rescue Plan, will help Community Health Centers maintain their vital operations, providing health care to those at high risk of contracting COVID-19, and continuing to administer vaccines to as many New Yorkers as possible,” Schumer said.

“Due to strained financial resources, hundreds of these vital centers have been faced with closure when healthcare services are needed more than ever,” Gillibrand said.

Distribution of funding will begin in April through the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Specifically, this funding will:

• Fund preventive and primary healthcare services to people at higher risk for COVID-19.

• Expand operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units.

Guthrie reports drop in shot appointments

Even as COVID-19 vaccine becomes more available, Guthrie reports a dropoff in the number of scheduled appointments across its service region in New York and Pennsylvania.

“While the country has now given about 110 million doses of vaccine, and a significant portion of the population has completed their vaccine series, there is still more work to be done to help slow the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Michael Scalzone, chief quality officer of the health group, which operates Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.

Part of that, he said, is because people are waiting for a preferred vaccine to become available.

You could be waiting for a particular brand of vaccine that may not be available for weeks,” Scalzone said. “During that time, the virus will spread, and you and your family may be exposed.”