October 25, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/8

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Cortland County reports 9 new cases

Cortland County reported nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 4,096.

In all, 35 cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 13,759 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 216 patients, 64 of them confirmed positive. Three people are hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 188 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 98,736 negative test results. The county has reported 62 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported nine new cases Wednesday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,965, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,908,279 people have been tested. Fortynine Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 17 new cases Wednesday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,698. The state reports 162,458 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 three new cases Wednesday. Seventeen people were in isolation and 20 in quarantine. It has reported 428 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 290 cases this semester and 13 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 three cases Tuesday, bringing it to 1,036 confirmed cases since Aug. 15 — 19 new cases since March 31. Its two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.17%. It dropped to a green alert from a yellow alert, allowing more 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 4,477 people. One student was quarantined; two were isolated.

86,364 get vaccine

The state Health Department has reported that 16,283 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 34% of the county’s population.

In Tompkins County, 46,892 people have received at least one dose, or 45.6% of the population. Cayuga County has seen 26,094 people with at least one dose, or 33.8% of the population.

Statewide, 6.87 million people have received at least one dose, or 34.4% of the state’s population.

Cornell panel to explain science behind vaccines

Cornell University will host a virtual panel discussion, “The Science behind COVID-19 Vaccines: A Conversation with Cornell’s Immunology Experts,” from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday.

Attendees will have a chance to ask common questions on vaccine-related topics, such as how COVID-19 vaccines were developed and their safety and effectiveness; the differences between the vaccines; their efficacy against variants; and understanding herd immunity; vaccine hesitancy; concerns about side effects and long-term effects; and gender-related issues.

Register and submit your questions at tinyurl.com/s79kz68h.

The panel will feature Professor Avery August, the vice provost for academic affairs; Professor Deborah Fowell, chairwoman of the microbiology and immunology department; Professor Gary Koretzky, vice provost for academic integration; and Professor Cynthia Leifer.