October 26, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 5/20

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Guthrie to still require masks in its facilities

Guthrie healthcare system announced Wednesday that while mask requirements have been lifted in many places and many populations, its facilities will continue to require all staff, patients and visitors to wear masks.

“We remain committed to protecting our patients, who rely on us to provide care in safe surroundings,” organization officials said in a release. “We appreciate the community’s continued cooperation with this important public health mea7 sure.”

Guthrie operates Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.

Cortland County to offer clinics in rural areas

Cortland County will offer vaccination clinics in rural parts of the county in coming weeks:

• 4 to 6 p.m. June 3 at Willet Fire Station.

• 4 to 6 p.m. June 9 at Truxton Fire Station.

Details on how to register will be posted at www.cortland-co.org/1009/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information., the county announced.

Legislature Chairman Paul Heider (R-Cuyler, Solon, Truxton), said residents should get a vaccine, if they can, and the county suggested businesses should continue to follow their COVID safety plans, which include cleaning and sanitation protocols. Businesses can continue to require customers to wear masks.

“We are slowly turning the corner on COVID but we must not become complacent or forget that we can still see clusters of COVID,” Heider said. “Everyone needs to keep doing their part, and this includes washing frequently, staying home when you don’t feel well and getting vaccinated.”

Cortland County: 21 new cases over two days

Cortland County reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 4,462.

In all 29 new cases were reported in Tompkins and Cayuga counties in addition to Cortland’s 21, bringing to 14,921 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 rising to 207.

• The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 377 patients Monday, 80 of them confirmed positive. Three people are hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 202 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 117,330 negative test results. The county has reported 63 deaths.

• Tompkins County reported 18 new cases Wednesday. The number of confirmed cases remained at 4,274, reports the state Health Department. A total of 2,314,014 people have been tested. Fifty-two Tompkins residents have died.

• In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 11 new cases Wednesday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,246. The state reports 189,434 people have been tested. Ninety-two people have died, the state reports.

Colleges

• SUNY Cortland reported no new cases Monday. 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 two among students in the past 14 days, although five among employees. 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 1,082 — with four new cases since May 12. Its two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.02%.

• Tompkins Cortland Community College last reported a case Saturday. The total was 31 cases since Aug. 1 and two in the previous 14 days. The college has tested 5,703 people as of Wednesday.

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.

119,024 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 20,694 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 43.3% of the county’s total population and 52.3% of its adults. A total of 38.5% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 64,881 people have received at least one dose, or 63.1% of the population and 72% of its adults; 56.3% are fully vaccinated. Cayuga County has seen 33,864 people with at least one dose, or 43.9% of the population and 53.6% of its adults; 39.1% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 10.08 million people have received at least one dose, or 50.5% of the state’s population and 62.2% of its adults; 42.5% of the total population and 53% of adults are fully vaccinated.