October 24, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 3/31

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Cortland County reports 12 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported 12 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 4,029.

In all, 35 cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 13,507 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 205.

• The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 300 patients, 63 of them confirmed positive. Two people are hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 186 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 95,525 negative test results. The county has reported 62 deaths.

• Tompkins County reported 12 new cases Tuesday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,878, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,798,111 people have been tested. Forty-nine Tompkins residents have died.

• In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 11 new cases Tuesday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,610. The state reports 157,315 people have been tested. Ninety people have died, the state reports.

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.

Colleges

• SUNY Cortland reported three new cases Monday. Sixteen people were in isolation and 20 in quarantine. It has reported 409 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 284 cases this semester and 22 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 18 cases Friday, 13 Saturday and eight on Sunday, bringing it to 992 confirmed cases since Aug. 15 — 112 new cases since March 22. Its two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.24%. 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 4,057 people. No students were quarantined; one was isolated.

72,021 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 14,824 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 31% of the county’s population.

In Tompkins County, 40,170 people have received at least one dose, or 39.1% of the population. Cayuga County has seen 23,510 people with at least one dose, or 30.5% of the population.

Statewide, 5.97 million people have received at least one dose, or 29.9% of the state’s
population.

Cortland County offers 2 vaccine clinics this week

Following the announcement Monday that New Yorkers 30 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, Cortland County offers two vaccine clinics this week at the SUNY Cortland Ice Arena.

The Cortland County Health Department announced Tuesday it is working with Guthrie Cortland Medical Center. Appointments are required for:

• 3 to 6 p.m. today. Make an appointment at tinyurl.com/zmkbck3k.

• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Make an appointment at tinyurl.com/53zmbmhs.

These clinics are for anyone in 1a and 1b eligibility groups, which now includes age 30 and older.

The state has also announced that anyone 16 and older will be eligible for the vaccine starting April 6, however, the county reported it has been receiving the Moderna vaccine, which is restricted
to people 18 and older.

For help registering for an appointment or any questions, call 607-756-3415.

Tompkins County gets 2,770 doses

Tompkins County received 2,770 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for this week, all of which will be targeted for people who were eligible on Monday — over the age of 50 or eligible under phases 1a and 1b.

People over 30 were not eligible until Tuesday.

Starting April 6, the state has announced, anyone over 16 will be eligible.

The Tompkins County Health Department suggest people sign up for its vaccine registry, which it uses to contact people when appointments become available. The registry is available at tompkinscountyny.gov/health/covid19vaccineform.

“We are seeing a rise in cases of COVID-19 related to gatherings,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa.

Additionally, 100 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccine are available to homeless and homebound people.