December 5, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/30

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Cortland County reports 7 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 4,273.

In all, 32 cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 14,422 the number of people who have contracted coronavirus since the pandemic began in March 2020. One new death was reported, the number of people who have died from the virus rising to 205.

■ The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 369 patients, 59 of them confirmed positive. Three people were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 196 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 109,174 negative test results. The county has reported 63 deaths.

■ Tompkins County reported 12 new cases Thursday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,135, reports the state Health Department. A total of 2,152,134 people have been tested. Fifty Tompkins residents have died.

■ In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 13 new cases Thursday, and one new death. Confirmed cases rose to 6,014. The state reports 177,075 people have been tested. Ninety-two 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 Wednesday. Thirteen people were in isolation and 13 in quarantine. It has reported 454 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 310 cases this semester and 17 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 last reported a case Friday. The number of cases since Aug. 15 is 1,066 — with three new cases since April 21. Its two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.01%.

■ 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 5,294 people as of Thursday. There were no students in isolation, but two were in quarantine.

109,927 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 19,269 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 40.3% of the county’s population. A total of 33.2% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 61,266 people have received at least one dose, or 59.6% of the population; 43.8% are fully vaccinated. Cayuga County has seen 31,491 people with at least one dose, or 40.8% of the population; 33.2% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 9.09 million people have received at least one dose, or 45.6% of the state’s population; 33.4% are fully vaccinated.

Cortland County offers first-dose clinic next week

The Cortland County Health Department and Guthrie Cortland Medical Center will have a first-dose vaccination clinic from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the SUNY Cortland ice arena, offering the Moderna vaccine.

The clinic is for any state resident 18 and older. During the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause, the county focused on second-dose clinics.

Now, however, it will continue administering the Moderna vaccine until production of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine ramps up.

To register for the clinic, go to

Tompkins, Cayuga Health give 50K doses

LANSING — Cayuga Health and the Tompkins County Health Department announced Thursday they have administered more than 50,000 vaccine doses, leading the Southern Tier in share of the population with at least one COVID-19 vaccine.

Nearly 60% of Tompkins County residents have received at least one dose, county and health organization officials said at a news conference at which state General Services Commissioner RoAnne Destito attended of the vaccine.

“We are incredibly pleased to announce these numbers today,” states Dr. Martin Stallone, president and CEO of Cayuga Health System. “We did make a difference. There are family, friends and loved ones in this community who are here today because we reached as many people as we did with the vaccinations.”