December 2, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/7

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Cortland County reports 4 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 4,087.

In all, 11 cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 13,724 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 212 patients, 63 of them confirmed positive. Two people are hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 187 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 98,387 negative test results. The county has reported 62 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported five new cases Tuesday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,956, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,888,709 people have been tested. Forty-nine Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported two new cases Tuesday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,681. The state reports 161,745 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.


  • SUNY Cortland reported no new cases Tuesday. Fifteen people were in isolation and 17 in quarantine. It has reported 424 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 287 cases this semester and 11 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 four cases Friday, five Saturday, two Sunday and one Monday, bringing it to 1,033 confirmed cases since Aug. 15 — 27 new cases since March 30. Its two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.18%. It remains in a yellow alert, restricting campus activities.
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College reported its latest case Thursday. The total was 28 cases since Aug. 1 and two in the previous 14 days. The college has tested 4,318 people. Eight students were quarantined; two were isolated.

86,364 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 16,177 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 33.8% of the county’s population.

In Tompkins County, 46,405 people have received at least one dose, or 45.1% of the population. Cayuga County has seen 25,863 people with at least one dose, or 33.5% of the population.

Statewide, 6.75 million people have received at least one dose, or 33.8% of the state’s population.

Tompkins County gets 2,800 doses

Tompkins County received an initial allocation of 2,800 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for this week, 100 of which are designated for homebound individuals and 200 doses for a popup clinic at Lehman Alternative Community School on West Hill in Ithaca.

All New York residents 16 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We’re close to half of our population having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and while we’ve been successful so far, we need to continue to get every eligible individual registered and vaccinated,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa.

Homebound individuals have started to receive vaccines in their homes.

TCHD will continue to use the registry to communicate directly with homebound individuals and/or their caregivers for available appointments.

Proof of employment of comorbidities is no longer required to get the vaccine, although a parent of guardian must accompany a patient under 18, and patients under 18 must get the Pfizer vaccine.

Tompkins County residents can sign up for the county’s vaccine registry at tompkinscountyny. gov/health/covid19vaccineform and will be informed when appointments are available.