October 23, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/6

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Cortland County reports 11 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported 11 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 4,323.

In all, 37 cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 14,594 the number of people who have contracted coronavirus since the pandemic began in March 2020.

No new deaths were reported, with the number of people who have died from the virus remaining at 205.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 237 patients, 61 of them confirmed positive. Two people were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 197 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 111,379 negative test results. The county has reported 63 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 18 new cases Wednesday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,178, reports the state Health Department. A total of 2,201,275 people have been tested. Fifty Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported eight new cases Wednesday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,093. The state reports 180,658 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 Tuesday. Eight people were in isolation and nine in quarantine. It has reported 460 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 16 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 Wednesday. No students were in isolation or quarantine.

114,174 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 19,650 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 41.1% of the county’s total population and 50.3% of its adults.

A total of 35.4% of the county has been fully vaccinated In Tompkins County, 62,451 people have received at least one dose, or 60.8% of the population and 70.1% of its adults; 48.3% are fully vaccinated.

Cayuga County has seen 32,073 people with at least one dose, or 41.6% of the population and 51.1% of its adults; 35.5% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 9.42 million people have received at least one dose, or 47.2% of the state’s population and 58.8% of its adults; 36.4% of the total population and 45.6% of adults are fully vaccinated.

CVS taking walk-in vax appointments

CVS Health announced Wednesday that it is now accepting walk-in COVID-19 appointments at CVS Pharmacy locations across the country, including 517 locations in New York.

Same-day scheduling, including appointments as soon as one hour from time of scheduling, is also available at CVS.com.

The company’s COVID-19 vaccine scheduler is updated throughout the day to account for same-day cancellations.

“Thanks to the dedication and effort of our colleagues, I am proud to say we helped achieve the President’s accelerated 100day goal of 200 million vaccines and have administered over 17 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to date,” said Karen S. Lynch, CVS Health president and CEO.

CVS operates a pharmacy at Port Watson and Main streets in Cortland.