October 23, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/9

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Cortland County reports 13 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 4,109.

In all, 39 cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 13,798 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 215 patients, 65 of them confirmed positive. Three people are hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 188 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 99,659 negative test results. The county has reported 62 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported six new cases Thursday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 3,971, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,916,944 people have been tested. Forty-nine Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 20 new cases Thursday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,718. The state reports 162,984 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 Thursday. Twelve people were in isolation and 19 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 April 1. The total was 28 cases since Aug. 1 and two in the previous 14 days. The college has tested 4,516 people. One student was quarantined; two were isolated.

86,364 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 16,644 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 34.8% of the county’s population.

In Tompkins County, 47,725 people have received at least one dose, or 46.4% of the population. Cayuga County has seen 26,392 people with at least one dose, or 34.2% of the population.

Statewide, 7.02 million people have received at least one dose, or 35.1% of the state’s population.

221 cases? That was a glitch

It’s the kind of moment that makes the curious person do a spit take on the computer screen, leaving the feeling that the heart coming up in one’s throat was about the meet the tongue one had just swallowed.

But if you looked at the SUNY coronavirus dashboard Thursday afternoon, it said, at least for a while, that SUNY Cortland had reported 221 cases of COVID-19.

It was a glitch, said college Communications Director Fred Pierce. “This is shocking,” he said. “I’ve got to get hold of SUNY because everybody is seeing this.”

The real number of COVID cases? Zero.

Testing clinic set in Owasco

Cayuga County will offer a no-cost COVID-19 testing clinic noon to 6 p.m. Thursday at Emerson Park Pavilion, 6843 E. Lake Road, Owasco.

The clinic focuses on people who do not display symptoms of coronavirus.

An appointment is required and can be made by going to www.cayugacounty.us/health and clicking on the button marked “COVID19 Clinics.”