November 27, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/14

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Cortland County to offer one-dose vaccine clinic

Cortland County Health Department and Guthrie Cortland Medical Center will offer a Johnson & Johnson vaccination clinic 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the SUNY Cortland ice arena.

Recipients must be 18 years old and schedule an appointment at, the county announced Thursday.

The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is a one-shot vaccination. While its administration was paused because of problems in several patients, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have recommended resuming its use, although women younger than 50 years old especially should be aware of the rare risk of blood clots after vaccination for those with a low platelet count.

Drug stores in area to vaccinate children as young as 12

A number of pharmacy chains in the greater Cortland area have announced they will vaccinate children as young as 12 against COVID-19.

CVS, Rite Aid, Kinney Drugs and Walgreens have all announced they will offer the vaccine at some or all of their stores, although availability does vary by chain and by location.

Tompkins County to vaccinate children

The Tompkins County Health Department and Cayuga Health System, working with school districts, offers a vaccination clinic 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for people 12 and older, the county announced Thursday.

An appointment is required. Go to to make one, or call 877211-8667 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This expansion will provide another layer of protection for our community and will be critical to the further re-opening of schools,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “We know the challenges that our youth have faced this past year not being able to be in school full-time. We encourage families to be informed about the benefits of receiving this vaccine and make an appointment as soon as you are able.”

Cortland County reports 24 new cases

Cortland County reported 24 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 4,406.

In all, 46 cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 14,802 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 288 patients, 81 of them confirmed positive. Three people are hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 200 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 115,079 negative test results. The county has reported 63 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported five new cases Thursday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,221, reports the state Health Department. A total of 2,271,527 people have been tested. Fifty-one Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 17 new cases Thursday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,177. The state reports 186,296 people have been tested. Ninety-two people have died, the state reports.


  • SUNY Cortland reported no new cases Wednesday. Three people were in isolation and two in quarantine. It has reported 466 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 six 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 one new case Wednesday. The number of cases since Aug. 15 is 1,079 — with four new cases since May 6. 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 5,658 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.

116,931 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 20,242 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 42.3% of the county’s total population and 51.6% of its adults. A total of 37.5% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 63,624 people have received at least one dose, or 61.9% of the population and 71.7% of its adults; 52.6% are fully vaccinated. Cayuga County has seen 33,065 people with at least one dose, or 42.9% of the population and 52.7% of its adults; 37.9% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 9.77 million people have received at least one dose, or 48.9% of the state’s population and 60.9% of its adults; 40.4% of the total population and 50.4% of adults are fully vaccinated.