December 8, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 3/29

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Cortland County reports 14 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported 14 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, raising the number of confirmed cases to 4,008.

In all, 83 cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 13,452 the number of people who have contracted coronavirus since the pandemic began in March 2020. One new death was reported, the number of people who have died from the virus rising to 205.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 291 patients, 55 of them confirmed positive. Two people are hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 186 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 94,776 negative test results. The county has reported 62 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 45 new cases Saturday and Sunday, and one new death. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,852, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,769,516 people have been tested. Forty-nine Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 24 new cases over the weekend. Confirmed cases rose to 5,592. The state reports 156,377 people have been tested. Ninety people have died, the state reports.


  • SUNY Cortland reported four new cases Saturday. Fifteen people were in isolation and eight 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 281 cases this semester and 39 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 28 cases Thursday and 113 since March 15, bringing it to 953 confirmed cases since Aug. 15. Its two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.22%. 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 two in the previous 14 days. The college has tested 3,979 people. Two students were quarantined; 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.

72,021 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 13,958 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 29.2% of the county’s population.

In Tompkins County, 39,002 people have received at least one dose, or 37.9% of the population. Cayuga County has seen 23,114 people with at least one dose, or 30% of the population.

Statewide, 5.82 million people have received at least one dose, or 29.2% of the state’s population.

Cayuga County clinic offers first-dose shots

The Cayuga County Health Department offers a first-dose Moderna COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Fingerlakes Mall, 1579 Clark St. Road in Auburn.

This clinic is only accessible through the exterior entrance on the back side of the mall between the movie theater entrance and the RV store.

You are eligible for this clinic if you fall under Phase 1a or Phase 1b of the New York State guidance. If you have a qualifying health condition, you will need to provide a doctor’s note.

You must have an appointment, which can be made at