State: Masks inside schools, but not outside
New York no longer requires students to wear masks when outside school, the governor and the Tompkins County Health Department announced Monday. Masks are still required inside schools.
The state modified national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to bring them more in line with standards for youth camps, the Tompkins health department reported.
“The mask guidance changed very quickly for adults who are fully vaccinated, however, most children are still unvaccinated,” said Tompkins Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “Evidence continues to show that consistent mask use indoors for those 2 years and up who are not fully vaccinated, along with other prevention strategies, is key to reducing the spread of COVID.”
“We are making strides with our high vaccination rates, including those 12-17 years old,” Kruppa added. “However, we still have regular cases among children in many of our local districts. As we have seen all year, masks and other strategies clearly prevent the spread of germs and curb the spread of COVID as well as other viruses.”
Cortland County reports 7 new cases of COVID-19
Cortland County reported seven new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and Monday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 4,570.
In all, 15 new cases were reported in Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties, bringing to 15,137 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 89 patients, 36 of them confirmed positive. Five people are hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 216 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 123,309 negative test results. The county has reported 63 deaths.
- Tompkins County reported five new cases Sunday and Monday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,341, reports the state Health Department. A total of 2,383,808 people have been tested. Fifty-two Tompkins residents have died.
- In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported three new cases Sunday and Monday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,329. The state reports 197,355 people have been tested. Ninety-two people have died, the state reports.
127,655 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties
The state Health Department has reported that 22,557 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 47.2% of the county’s total population and 55.6% of its adults. A total of 41.7% of the county has been fully vaccinated.
In Tompkins County, 68,096 people have received at least one dose, or 66.2% of the population and 74% of its adults; 59.6% are fully vaccinated. Cayuga County has seen 37,002 people with at least one dose, or 48% of the population and 56.9% of its adults; 42.2% are fully vaccinated.
Statewide, 10.91 million people have received at least one dose, or 54.7% of the state’s population and 66.3% of its adults; 47.3% of the total population and 58.5% 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.