October 24, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/20

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Cortland County reports 8 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 4,191.

In all, 36 cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 14,148 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 206.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 245 patients, 57 of them confirmed positive. Two people are hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 189 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 104,535 negative test results. The county has reported 63 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported six new cases Sunday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,064, reports the state Health Department. A total of 2,045,582 people have been tested. Forty-nine Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 22 new cases Sunday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,893. The state reports 170,706 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 Monday. Five people were in isolation and 17 in quarantine. It has reported 450 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 295 cases this semester and 12 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 no new cases Sunday, leaving at 1,062 the number of confirmed cases since Aug. 15 — 21 new cases since April 9. Its two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.04%.
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College reported its latest case April 1. The total was 29 cases since Aug. 1 and none in the previous 14 days. The college has tested 4,851 people. No figures were released Monday for students in isolation or quarantined.

106,216 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 18,304 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 38.3% of the county’s population. A total of 27.7% of the county has been fully vaccinated

In Tompkins County, 57,906 people have received at least one dose, or 56.3% of the population; 35.7% are fully vaccinated. Cayuga County has seen 30,006 people with at least one dose, or 38.9% of the population; 29.2% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 8.27 million people have received at least one dose, or 41.7% of the state’s population; 28.4% are fully vaccinated.

SUNY Cortland advises students

SUNY Cortland on Monday reminded the community that face coverings are required on campus in all circumstances, except when employees or students are alone in a private space.

All students, faculty, staff and visitors should also practice physical distancing and avoid large groups when on campus, the college said. With few exceptions, no visitors are allowed in any campus buildings or structures or at any SUNY Cortland events.

“We have made tremendous progress against COVID-19 on our campus, but we must keep up the efforts that led to our success,” SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum said. “We are all tired of pandemic restrictions. As more people receive vaccines and things start to loosen up, it is tempting to let down our guard. Please remember that the pandemic is still with us and we are not yet out of the woods.”

This is not an announcement of new rules. This is a reminder of requirements that have been in place since the fall semester. For more information, visit SUNY Cortland’s COVID-19 webpages.