December 2, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 7/31

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Cortland County reports 4 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported four new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 4,627.

Another 19 cases were confirmed in Tompkins and Cayuga counties. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 15,414 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 209.

• The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 71 patients, 22 of them confirmed positive. No one was hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 221 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 131,083 negative test results. The county has reported 65 deaths.

• Tompkins County reported 13 new cases Friday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,441. A total of 2,405,309 people have been tested. Fiftytwo Tompkins residents have died.

• In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported three new cases Friday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,420. The state reports 209,354 people have been tested. Ninety-two people have died, the state reports.

134,574 get COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 24,034 Cortland County residents received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 50.3% of the county’s total population and 58.7% of its people over 18. A total of 47.6% of the county is fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 70,865 people have received at least one dose, or 68.9% of the population and 76.5% of people over 18; 65.4% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 39,675 residents have received at least one dose, or 51.4% of the total population and 60.5% of people over 18; 48.3% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 12.08 million people have received at least one dose, or 62.7% of the state’s population and 74.9% of its people over 18; 56.8% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 68.3% of its people over 18.

Cayuga County plans walk-in vaccine clinics

Cayuga County Health Department will offer two walk-in vaccination clinics next week:

• Tuesday — 2 to 3 p.m. at Port Byron Central School, 30 Maple Ave., Port Byron, offering Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines.

• Wednesday — 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Fingerlakes Mall, 1579 Clark St. Road, Auburn, offering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Tompkins County urges indoor masking

The Tompkins County Health Department issued a health advisory Friday encouraging residents to wear a mask indoors around others, regardless of vaccination status.

The advisory comes the same day as the department reported 15 new positive COVID-19 cases, bringing it to 59 total cases in the past seven days.

“As we await more information and guidance, one of the best things we can all do is proceed with caution,” said Dr. William Klepack, Tompkins County medical director. “By wearing a mask at work and around friends and family, you help prevent the most vulnerable of them from becoming infected and you help stop the pandemic.”

Still, vaccines are a better solution, he said. “We know that the vaccines are proving effective in keeping people from getting severely ill or hospitalized, and that masks work very well to prevent the spread of the disease.”

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance that vaccinated people should wear masks in communities with a spread above 50 cases per 100,000 residents; Tompkins is at 59 cases per 100,000.

Cortland County data show Cortland has had 36.7 cases per 100,000 over the past seven days.