December 5, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/17

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Cortland County reports 15 new coronavirus cases

Cortland County reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, the number of confirmed cases rising to 4,431.

In all, 39 cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 14,841 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 307 patients, 67 of them confirmed positive. Three people are hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 202 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 116,196 negative test results. The county has reported 63 deaths.

■ Tompkins County reported 20 new cases Saturday and Sunday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,250, reports the state Health Department. A total of 2,296,522 people have been tested. Fifty-one Tompkins residents have died.

■ In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 24 new cases Saturday and Sunday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,221.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that all SUNY and CUNY students wanting to learn in-person for the fall will need to be vaccinated.

The state reports 188,200 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 one new case Saturday. Three people were in isolation and none in quarantine. It has reported 467 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 322 cases this semester and 10 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 Thursday. The number of cases since Aug. 15 is 1,079 — with three new cases since May 7. Its two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.02%.

■ Tompkins Cortland Community College reported one case Thursday. The total was 30 cases since Aug. 1 and one in the previous 14 days. The college has tested 5,687 people as of Sunday.

118,321 receive COVID-19 vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 20,479 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 42.8% of the county’s total population and 52% of its adults.

A total of 38% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 64,320 people have received at least one dose, or 62.6% of the population and 71.8% of its adults; 55% are fully vaccinated. Cayuga County has seen 33,522 people with at least one dose, or 43.5% of the population and 53.2% of its adults; 38.6% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 9.94 million people have received at least one dose, or 49.8% of the state’s population and 61.6% of its adults; 41.6% of the total population and 51.9% of adults are fully vaccinated.