January 20, 2022

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SUNY Cortland to open COVID-19 testing site

SUNY Cortland will be among 10 new testing sites the state will open at campuses later this week in a partnership with the State University of New York and Syracuse University.

“We are getting creative in our approach to make testing easier for New Yorkers,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a release. “With testing now available at SUNY campuses and Syracuse University, we are expanding access across the state to make sure that we limit the spread of COVID-19.”

In addition to the SUNY testing sites, Syracuse University will open a testing site today at the Carrier Dome. This site will open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and can administer 4,000 test a day, with help from the National Guard.

SUNY testing sites to open later this week include:

  • SUNY Cortland.
  • Binghamton University.
  • SUNY Plattsburgh.
  • SUNY Cortland.
  • University of Buffalo.
  • Buffalo State College.
  • SUNY Oswego.
  • SUNY Oneonta.
  • SUNY Albany.
  • SUNY Stony Brook.
  • SUNY Purchase.

Tompkins plans town hall and booster clinic

The Tompkins County Health Department will have a COVID-19 virtual update on Wednesday, and a clinic Saturday to administer a booster shot of the Moderna vaccine.

The community town hall will be 4:30 p.m. on the Tompkins County YouTube channel and will discuss details of the pandemic response, and answer questions submitted through the YouTube chat box.

Tompkins County will also have a clinic from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to administer the Moderna booster to people 18 and older. It will be at the Shops at Ithaca Mall; register at https://tinyurl.com/2p8hk9cs.

Tompkins, Cayuga counties add 388 new cases

Cortland County has not updated its coronavirus data since Friday, when it confirmed 116 new cases of COVID-19, and one new death, bringing its total to 8,240 cases.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 388 new cases Sunday and Monday, and one new death. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 31,860 across Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties since the pandemic began in March 2020. The number of people who have died from the virus has risen to 282.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 764 patients, 363 of them confirmed positive. Ten people were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 403 people have been hospitalized. The state Health Department reports 244,710 tests have been administered. The county has reported 90 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 221 cases Sunday and Monday, and one new death, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 11,932. The state reports 2,831,682 tests have been administered. Seventy-two Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 167 new cases Sunday and Monday. Confirmed cases rose to 11,718. The state reports 302,960 tests have been administered. The state reports 120 people have died.

158,080 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department reports 28,503 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 59.6% of the county’s total population and 67.2% of its people over 18. A total of 55.8% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 81,824 people have received at least one dose, or 79.6% of the population and 84.4% of people over 18; 73.1% are fully vaccinated.

In Cayuga County, 47,753 residents have received at least one dose, or 61.9% of the total population and 70.1% of people over 18; 57.4% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 15.75 million people have received at least one dose, or 84% of the state’s population; 71.8% of the total population is fully vaccinated.