October 19, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/18

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Vaccine offered to children age 12-15 and older

The Tompkins County Health Department and Cayuga Health System, with Dryden and Newfield school districts, will offer COVID-19 vaccinations to children 12 to 15 — and older — this week.

The clinics:

  • Dryden — 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for 12 and older in Dryden schools. Call 877-211-8667 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to register and for transportation options.
  • Newfield — 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday for ages 12 and older in Newfield schools. Call 877-211-8667 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to register and for transportation options.
  • Shops at Ithaca Mall — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for 12 and older. Call 877-211-8667 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to register and for transportation options.

“Over the next few weeks, we are prioritizing the vaccination of young people in our community, ages 12 years and up, who were not previously eligible to receive the vaccine,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “This expansion will provide another layer of protection for our community and will be critical to the further re-opening of schools.”

Virtual Q&A today to answer vaccine queries

If you’re hesitant, unsure, or have questions about the vaccines, the Tompkins County Health Department will have virtual office hours today to answer questions.

Registration is required to ask questions live or anonymously and can be made at tinyurl.com/3p95yk9p.

The event is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with representatives of Northeast Pediatrics and Buttermilk Falls Pediatrics, focusing on questions about vaccinating children and questions about the vaccine and fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Cortland County reports 10 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 4,441.

In all, 26 cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 14,867 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 333 patients, 68 of them confirmed positive. Three people are hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 202 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 116,436 negative test results. The county has reported 63 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported six new cases Monday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,256, reports the state Health Department. A total of 2,302,708 people have been tested. Fifty-one Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 10 new cases Monday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,231. The state reports 188,440 people have been tested. Ninety-two people have died, the state reports.


  • SUNY Cortland reported no new cases Sunday. Two 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 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 Friday, one Saturday and one Sunday. The number of cases since Aug. 15 is 1,082 — with five new cases since May 10. Its two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.02%.
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College reported one case Saturday. The total was 31 cases since Aug. 1 and one in the previous 14 days. The college has tested 5,703 people as of Monday. One student was in isolation; nobody was quarantined.

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.

118,465 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 20,517 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 42.9% of the county’s total population and 52% of its adults.

A total of 38.1% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 64,370 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 33,578 people with at least one dose, or 43.5% of the population and 53.3% of its adults; 38.6% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 9.97 million people have received at least one dose, or 50% of the state’s population and 61.8% of its adults; 41.8% of the total population and 52.2% of adults are fully vaccinated.