October 22, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/23

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Cortland County reports 5 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 4,217.

In all, 34 cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 14,238 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 368 patients, 67 of them confirmed positive. Six people were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 195 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 105,949 negative test results. The county has reported 63 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 10 new cases Wednesday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,087, reports the state Health Department. A total of 2,078,461 people have been tested. Fortynine Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 19 new cases Wednesday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,934. The state reports 172,922 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. Eight people were in isolation and 14 in quarantine. It has reported 455 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 298 cases this semester and 11 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 one new case Monday and none on Tuesday or Wednesday, increasing to 1,063 the number of confirmed cases since Aug. 15 — eight new cases since April 15. Its two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.02%.
  • 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 5,063 people as of Thursday. There were no students in isolation and seven in quarantine.

107,635 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 18,530 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 38.7% of the county’s population. A total of 29.6% of the county has been fully vaccinated In Tompkins County, 58,505 people have received at least one dose, or 57% of the population; 38.3% are fully vaccinated. Cayuga County has seen 30,510 people with at least one dose, or 39.5% of the population; 30.3% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 8.6 million people have received at least one dose, or 43% of the state’s population; 29.7% are fully vaccinated.

Walk-ins older than 60 can get vax as of today.

Beginning today, 16 mass vaccination sites will accept walk-in appointments for individuals age 60 and older, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced.

New York will set aside a vaccine allocation to facilitate this expanded vaccination access. There may be a wait for those opting to walk-in at some sites depending on demand. Additionally, all proof of identity and insurance information, if applicable, will be needed.

“Every day our state moves closer to a post-pandemic future by vaccinating more New Yorkers, and we’re building on that momentum by making it easier for our residents to get vaccinated, expanding eligibility and opening new vaccination sites across the state,” Cuomo said.

“We’re taking that effort a step further and making the vaccine more accessible to older New Yorkers by allowing walk-ins to get vaccinated at 16 mass vaccination sites,” he added.

Clinics in the region that will be included in the expanded vaccine availability are the New York State Fair Site at 581 State Fair Boulevard, Geddes, and SUNY Binghamton, 10 Gannett Drive, Johnson City.