Wells to require vaccinations
AURORA — Wells College announced Thursday that it will require all students and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Aug. 15 in time for the fall 2021 semester, which the college is planning to conduct fully in person.
The college made this decision in part because the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College Health Association, and other federal, state and county authorities have all strongly urged widespread vaccination as the most effective and efficient way to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.
Exemptions will be allowed for religious beliefs or medical reasons.
Similar policies have been enacted at all New York state public colleges and universities, including SUNY Cortland and Tompkins Cortland Community College, as well as others such as Ithaca College, Syracuse University and Cornell University.
Cortland County: 4 new cases
Cortland County reported four new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 4,577.
In all, five new cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 15,254 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 74 patients, 29 of them confirmed positive. Seven people are hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 219 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 124,183 negative test results. The county has reported 63 deaths.
- Tompkins County reported no new cases Thursday. The number of confirmed cases remained 4,344, reports the state Health Department. A total of 2,386,126 people have been tested. Fifty-two Tompkins residents have died.
- In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported one new case Thursday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,333. The state reports 198,527 people have been tested. Ninety-two people have died, the state reports.
128,385 receive COVID vaccine
The state Health Department has reported that 22,734 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 47.5% of the county’s total population and 56% of its adults. A total of 42.5% of the county has been fully vaccinated.
In Tompkins County, 68,411 people have received at least one dose, or 66.6% of the population and 74.3% of its adults; 60.4% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 37,240 residents have received at least one dose, or 48.3% of the total population and 57.2% of its adults; 42.8% are fully vaccinated.
Statewide, 11.03 million people have received at least one dose, or 55.2% of the state’s population and 66.9% of its adults; 48.2% of the total population and 59.3% of adults are fully vaccinated.
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.