October 24, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/14

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Cortland County: Nine new cases

Cortland County reported nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases rising at 4,141.

In all, 28 cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 13,938 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 234 patients, 55 of them confirmed positive. Three people are hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 189 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 101,395 negative test results. The county has reported 62 deaths.

• Tompkins County reported three new cases Tuesday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,003, reports the state Health Department. A total of 1,975,661 people have been tested. Forty- nine Tompkins residents have died.

• In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 16 new cases Tuesday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,794. The state reports 166,250 people have been tested. Ninety people have died, the state reports.

Colleges

• SUNY Cortland reported one new cases Monday. Six people were in isolation and three in quarantine. It has reported 429 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 291 cases this semester and seven 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 five cases Friday, two Saturday and two more Sunday, bringing it to 1,047 confirmed cases since Aug. 15 — 16 new cases since April 5. Its two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.06%.

• Tompkins Cortland Community College reported its latest case April 1. The total was 28 cases since Aug. 1 and one in the previous 14 days. The college has tested 4,602 people. One student was 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.

99,807 get COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 17,573 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 36.7% of the county’s population.

A total of 23.8% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 53,570 people have received at least one dose, or 52.1% of the population; 31.3% are fully vaccinated. Cayuga County has seen 28,664 people with at least one dose, or 37.2% of the population; 27.2% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 7.71 million people have received at least one dose, or 38.6% of the state’s population; 25.5% are fully vaccinated.

Tompkins County cancels clinic

Tompkins County is halting, for now, administering the Johnson and Johnson coronavirus vaccine, meaning it will cancel a vaccination clinic Thursday that would have focused on college students, including those at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Six reports have been confirmed of people experiencing rare blood clots after getting the single-dose vaccine, and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends pausing its use. More than 6.8 million people have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

The Tompkins County Health Department reported Tuesday it will cancel the “College Student Vaccination Day” following state Health Department guidance. The county will continue to administer Modern and Pfizer vaccines.

“These adverse reactions are extremely rare, and at this time there is not an immediate concern regarding our local population who received Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa.

Tompkins County gets 2,170 doses

Tompkins County received 2,170 doses of COVID-19 vaccine — both Pfizer and Moderna — to be allocated to anyone over 16 who has made an appointment through the county’s vaccine registry.

All New York residents 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Tompkins County’s registry, which contacts residents when vaccine is available, can be found at https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health/covid19-vaccineform.

It has been translated into Spanish, traditional and simplified Chinese and Korean, with additional languages to be added in the coming days.

“Over 50% of Tompkins County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “We now have our registry translated into several different languages and will continue to do everything we can to inform our community.”