December 2, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/13

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State to ease more COVID restrictions

The state is easing many pandemic-related restrictions, as well as indoor and outdoor gathering limits, the Tompkins County Health Department announced Wednesday.

Effective Wednesday, most business-capacity restrictions will be based solely on 6-foot social distancing requirements; percentage-based capacity limits for retail, food services, gyms and fitness centers, amusement and family entertainment, hair salons, barbershops and other personal care services, and houses of worship, Tompkins County announced.


  • Outdoor gathering limits are now 500 people, up from 200.
  • Indoor gathering is limited to 250 people, up from 100, starting Wednesday.
  • A 25-person outdoor residential gathering limit ends Wednesday.
  • Indoor gatherings can be up to 50 people, from 10 people, starting Wednesday.
  • Large-scale indoor event venues will operate at 30% capacity Wednesday.
  • A midnight food and beverage curfew will be lifted for outdoor dining areas beginning Monday and for indoor dining areas beginning May 31.
  • A 1 a.m. curfew for catered events where attendees have been immunized will be lifted Monday, with the curfew for all catered events to be lifted May 31.
  • Large outdoor venues, including professional and collegiate sports and live performing arts, will be limited only by space available for patrons to socially distance starting Wednesday.
  • Gyms and fitness centers outside New York can increase capacity to 50% beginning Saturday.
  • Casinos and gaming facilities can increase capacity to 50% beginning Saturday.
  • Offices can increase capacity to 75% beginning Saturday.

“The COVID-19 disease prevalence continues to decrease both locally and across New York State — it’s important that we continue to be cautious while aspects of our lives and communities return to what was the pre-pandemic normal.” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “The reason we’re able to confidently ease these restrictions is because our vaccination rates are going up.”

Cortland County reports 10 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported 10 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 4,382.

In all, 17 cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 14,756 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 232 patients, 59 of them confirmed positive. One person is hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 198 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 114,365 negative test results. The county has reported 63 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported two new cases Wednesday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,218, reports the state Health Department. A total of 2,264,182 people have been tested. Fifty-one Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported five new cases Wednesday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,160. The state reports 185,046 people have been tested. Ninety-two people have died, the state reports.


  • SUNY Cortland reported no new cases Tuesday. Two people were in isolation and none in quarantine. It has reported 463 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 318 cases this semester and eight 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 new cases Tuesday. The number of cases since Aug. 15 is 1,078 — with five new cases since May 5. 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 5,590 people as of Tuesday. No students were in isolation or quarantine.

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.

116,602 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 20,191 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 42.2% of the county’s total population and 51.5% of its adults. A total of 37.4% of the county has been fully vaccinated

In Tompkins County, 63,440 people have received at least one dose, or 61.7% of the population and 71.2% of its adults; 51.7% are fully vaccinated.

Cayuga County has seen 32,971 people with at least one dose, or 42.7% of the population and 52.5% of its adults; 37.7% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 9.73 million people have received at least one dose, or 48.8% of the state’s population and 60.7% of its adults; 40% of the total population and 50% of adults are fully vaccinated.