December 2, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/24

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Cortland County reports 14 new cases

Cortland County reported 14 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 4,231.

In all, 39 cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 14,277 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 348 patients, 69 of them confirmed positive. Six people were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 195 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 106,684 negative test results. The county has reported 63 deaths.

• Tompkins County reported nine new cases Thursday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,096, reports the state Health Department. A total of 2,090,949 people have been tested. Forty- nine Tompkins residents have died.

• In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 16 new cases Thursday. Confirmed cases rose to 5,950. The state reports 173,646 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.

Colleges

• SUNY Cortland reported no new cases Friday. Ten people were in isolation and 17 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 nine 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 data after Wednesday when there were 1,063 confirmed cases since Aug. 15 — eight new cases since April 15. Its twoweek 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 5,086 people as of Friday. There were no students in isolation and none in quarantine.

107,635 get shots in three counties

The state Health Department has reported that 18,630 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 39% of the county’s population. A total of 30% of the county has been fully vaccinated In Tompkins County, 58,819 people have received at least one dose, or 57.2% of the population; 38.8% are fully vaccinated. Cayuga County has seen 30,678 people with at least one dose, or 39.8% of the population; 30.6% are fully vaccinated. Statewide, 8.7 million people have received at least one dose, or 43.4% of the state’s population; 30.2% are fully vaccinated.

Shuttered venue grants available

The U.S. Small Business Administration will reopen the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal at 12:30 p.m. today for operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theatres, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers and talent representatives to apply for economic relief.

While working with vendors to fix technology issues that occurred with the April 8 initial opening, the SBA identified and resolved other concerns and enhanced the applicant experience with the portal.

For more information and to view applicant resources, visit www.sba.gov/svogrant. For Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal technical assistance such as a password reset, browser suggestions, or how to use the multifactor authentication with an app and the QR code, applicants can call 800-659-2955 or, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 800-877-8339 and follow the prompts to SVOG assistance.

The call center is open today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and, starting today, the center will be open 24 hours a day through Monday evening at 8 p.m.