October 16, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/27

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Cortland County reports 5 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 4,245.

In all, 20 cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 14,335 the number of people who have contracted coronavirus since the pandemic began in March 2020.

One new death was reported, raising the number of people who have died from the virus to 204.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 288 patients, 54 of them confirmed positive. Two people were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 195 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 107,481 negative test results. The county has reported 63 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported two new cases Monday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,115, reports the state Health Department. A total of 2,122,242 people have been tested. Fifty Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 13 new cases Monday, and one new death. Confirmed cases rose to 5,975. The state reports 175,274 people have been tested. Ninety-one 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 one new case Saturday, but none Sunday. Seven people were in isolation and 13 in quarantine. It has reported 446 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 301 cases this semester and 12 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 two cases on Thursday, increasing to 1,065 the number of confirmed cases since Aug. 15 — seven new cases since April 16. Its two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.03%.
  • 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 5,118 people as of Monday. There were no students in isolation or in quarantine.

109,927 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 18,879 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 39.5% of the county’s population.

A total of 31.5% of the county has been fully vaccinated

In Tompkins County, 60,233 people have received at least one dose, or 58.6% of the population; 40.1% are fully vaccinated.

Cayuga County has seen 31,147 people with at least one dose, or 40.2% of the population; 31.6% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 8.85 million people have received at least one dose, or 44.3% of the state’s population; 31.4% are fully vaccinated.

Tompkins County plans 2 vax clinics

Tompkins County will administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a vaccination clinic Thursday for anyone over 18, and a pop-up clinic the same day in Newfield.

  • The clinic at Cayuga Health’s Shops at Ithaca Mall facility will be 8 a.m. to noon. Sign up at tompkinscountyny.gov/health/covid19popup# mall or call 877-211-8667 during business hours.
  • The Newfield clinic will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Newfield Elementary School lower gym, for anyone 18 and older. Sign up at tompkinscountyny.gov/ health/covid19popup#newfield or call 877-211-8667 during business hours.

For three weeks after receiving the vaccine, you should be on the lookout for possible symptoms of a blood clot with low platelets, the Tompkins County Health Department advises. Seek medical care if you develop one or more of these symptoms:

  • Severe or persistent headaches or blurred vision.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Chest pain.
  • Leg swelling.
  • Persistent abdominal pain.
  • Easy bruising or tiny blood spots under the skin beyond the injection site.