October 23, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 8/3

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Cortland County below mask threshhold

Cortland County remained on Monday below the threshold the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses to recommend wearing masks in indoor public spaces, even for fully vaccinated people, but Tompkins, Cayuga, Onondaga, Madison and other surrounding counties have called for the safety measure.

Cortland County had 21 confirmed cases between July 26 and Monday, the state Health Department reports, a rate of 43.9 cases per 100,000 people, which CDC said rates a moderate transmission rate. It recommends indoor masking when that rate exceeds 50 per 100,000.

Tompkins county had a rate of 66.55 cases per 100,000 and Cayuga had a rate of 52.24 cases per 100,000. Chenango County’s rate was 84.73 per 100,000. All of them had “substantial” risk ratings.

“Cayuga County has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the region and now is considered to have a substantial level of community transmission,” said Cayuga County Legislature Chairwoman Aileen McNabb-Coleman. “At this time, I encourage and recommend anyone who is eligible to be vaccinated to get a COVID vaccine now. In addition, all members of the community regardless of vaccination status should be wearing a mask when in public and around others outside of their household.”

Madison County, which remained, like Cortland at moderate risk, urged masking in public indoor spaces, even though more than 73% of its adults have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, compared with 58.9% in Cortland.

“Given that the virus transmission level in Madison County and our region is moderate, and not at the high or substantial levels noted by the CDC, the CDC recommendations do not apply and we are therefore not mandating masks to be worn by fully vaccinated individuals,” Madison health officials said in a release. “However, we do recognize that wearing a mask, even if you are fully vaccinated, provides additional protection, and we encourage this practice.

Cortland County reports no new COVID cases

Cortland County has not report confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Friday. On Friday, it reported four new cases of COVID-19, placing the number of confirmed cases at 4,627.

Another 10 cases were confirmed Monday in Tompkins and Cayuga counties. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 15,522 across Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties since the pandemic began in March 2020. One new death was reported, the number of people who have died from the virus rising to 210.

• 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 six new cases Monday, and one new death, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,465. A total of 2,406,712 people have been tested. Fifty-three Tompkins residents have died.

• In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported four new cases Monday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,430. The state reports 209,992 people have been tested. Ninety-two people have died, the state reports.

134,991 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 24,115 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 50.4% of the county’s total population and 58.9% of its people over 18. A total of 47.7% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 71,041 people have received at least one dose, or 69.1% of the population and 76.7% of people over 18; 65.5% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 39,835 residents have received at least one dose, or 51.6% of the total population and 60.7% of people over 18; 48.4% are fully vaccinated.