December 6, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/5

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Schools to offer vaccination clinics Tuesday

Cortland County parents have until Friday to sign up their children 16 and older for COVID-19 vaccination clinics, the Cortland district’s superintendent has announced.

The clinics — available to students in all of Cortland County’s school districts — will be Tuesday at Cortland High School and Homer High School, Cortland Superintendent Bob Edwards announced in a letter to the district. A follow-up clinic for second doses will be June 1. The clinics will administer the Pfizer vaccine, which is so far the only vaccine approved for use on people younger than 18.

The clinics are a joint effort of the school superintendents, Onondaga-Cayuga-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services and Kinney Drugs, Edwards said.

“Each district will be providing transportation to the vaccination sites each day from either our school or maybe driven by another district if leaving a BOCES location,” Edwards wrote.

Parents or guardians must register their children by noon Friday and complete a parent consent form.

The vaccinations are free. Insurance companies will pay the cost, and if the child is not insured, the federal government will pay.

To sign up, go to Each student must bring the completed and signed consent form.

Cortland County reports 11 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported 11 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 4,312.

In all, 23 cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 14,506 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 205.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 216 patients, 57 of them confirmed positive. Three people were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 197 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 110,980 negative test results. The county has reported 63 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported no new cases Tuesday. The number of confirmed cases remained at 4,160, reports the state Health Department. A total of 2,192,228 people have been tested. Fifty Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 13 new cases Tuesday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,085. The state reports 179,881 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 three new cases Monday, but none Tuesday. Nine people were in isolation and six in quarantine. It has reported 459 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 314 cases this semester and 15 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 no cases Friday, but two Saturday, one Sunday and one Monday. The number of cases since Aug. 15 is 1,072 — with six new cases since April 27. 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 5,474 people as of Tuesday. No students were in isolation or quarantine.

113,431 receive COVID vaccine

The state Health Department has reported that 19,585 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 41% of the county’s population. A total of 35% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 62,256 people have received at least one dose, or 60.6% of the population; 46.3% are fully vaccinated. Cayuga County has seen 31,963 people with at least one dose, or 41.4% of the population; 34.9% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 9.36 million people have received at least one dose, or 46.9% of the state’s population; 35.7% are fully vaccinated.