January 27, 2022

Coronavirus briefs 6/30

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Guthrie still requires masks

While New York, Pennsylvania and other states have discontinued some masking requirements, Guthrie announced Tuesday it still requires masks in all its facilities, following guidelines from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“To help keep everyone in our hospitals safe, all patients, visitors, and staff — whether they have been vaccinated or not — must continue wearing masks,” said Dr. Michael Scalzone, Guthrie’s chief quality officer. “We will continue to reevaluate this policy as new information becomes available regarding infection prevention evidence and changing disease dynamics.”

Guthrie operates in 12 counties in New York and Pennsylvania, including Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.

Cortland County reports 1 new COVID case

Cortland County reported no new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases remaining 4,591.

The number of people who have contracted the virus rose to 15,296 across Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties since the pandemic began in March 2020. No new deaths were reported, the number of people who have died from the virus remained 208.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring eight patients, four of them confirmed positive. One person is hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 221 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 127,443 negative test results. The county has reported 64 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported no new cases Tuesday. The number of confirmed cases remained 4,358, reports the state Health Department. A total of 2,395,461 people have been tested. Fifty-two Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported two new cases Tuesday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,347. The state reports 203,341 people have been tested. Ninety-two people have died, the state reports.

131,458 get COVID vaccine

The state Health Department has reported that 23,333 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 48.8% of the county’s total population and 57.3% of its adults. A total of 46% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 69,719 people have received at least one dose, or 67.8% of the population and 75.5% of its adults; 64.1% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 38,406 residents have received at least one dose, or 49.8% of the total population and 58.8% of its adults; 46.5% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 11.5 million people have received at least one dose, or 59.7% of the state’s population and 71.9% of its adults; 53.7% of the total population and 65.1% of adults are fully vaccinated.