October 27, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 6/2

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Cortland County to offer clinics in rural areas

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

  • 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Willet Fire Station. Sign up at tinyurl.com/hm7kfzuy
  • 4 to 6 p.m. June 9 at Truxton Fire Station. Sign up at tinyurl.com/y2spkphm.

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.”

4 vax clinics in Tompkins County offered

The Tompkins County Health Department, Cayuga Health and school districts plan four COVID-19 vaccine clinics, two offering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine for adults and two offering the Pfizer for children 12 to 18.

A parent or guardian must identify the minor and provide consent. The clinics:

  • 9 a.m. to noon today at New Roots Charter School, Ithaca, offering the Pfizer.
  • 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at the Shops at Ithaca Mall, offering the Johnson & Johnson.
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Green Street bus stop, 131 E. Green St., Ithaca, offering the Johnson & Johnson.
  • 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Trumansburg School District, offering the Pfizer.

For details, go to tompkinscountyny.gov/health/covid19-popup.

Cortland County reports 15 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 4,548.

In all, 16 new cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 15,096 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 207.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 133 patients, 50 of them confirmed positive. Nine people are hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 214 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 121,324 negative test results. The county has reported 63 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported one new case Tuesday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,323, reports the state Health Department. A total of 2,376,084 people have been tested. Fifty-two Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported no new cases Tuesday. Confirmed cases remained 6,313. The state reports 194,927 people have been tested. Ninety-two people have died, the state reports.


  • SUNY Cortland last reported a new case among students May 13, but a case among staff on May 20. No people were in isolation or in quarantine. It has reported 468 cases since Jan. 16, but that includes
    positive cases of all SUNY Cortland students anywhere, not necessarily those in Cortland. Campus testing has shown 323 cases this semester and none among students in the past 14 days, and one among employees. 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, but none Saturday or Sunday. The number of cases since Aug. 15 is 1,089 — with three new cases since May 24. Its two-week rolling positivity rate was 0.03%.
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College last reported a case May 15. The total was 31 cases since Aug. 1. The college has tested 5,703 people as of Monday.

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

126,224 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 22,246 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 46.5% of the county’s total population and 55% of its adults. A total of 40.5% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 67,499 people have received at least one dose, or 65.7% of the population and 73.5% of its adults; 58.5% are fully vaccinated.

Cayuga County has seen 36,479 people with at least one dose, or 47.3% of the population and 56.2% of its adults; 41.3% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 10.72 million people have received at least one dose, or 53.7% of the state’s population and 65.3% of its adults; 45.9% of the total population and 57.1% of adults are fully vaccinated.