Cortland County below mask threshold
Cortland County remained on Tuesday 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 28 and Tuesday, the Cortland County Health Department reports, a rate of about 44 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.
The rates in surrounding counties:
Cortland County reports 2 new COVID cases
Cortland County reported two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and six others since Friday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 4,635.
Another nine cases were confirmed Tuesday in Tompkins and Cayuga counties. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to at last 15,539 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 remaining 210.
• The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 55 patients, 15 of them confirmed positive. Four were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 225 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 131,528 negative test results. The county has reported 65 deaths.
• Tompkins County reported four new cases Tuesday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,469. A total of 2,406,971 tests have been administered. Fifty-three Tompkins residents have died.
• In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported five new cases Tuesday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,435. The state reports 210,156 tests have been administered. Ninety-two people have died, the state reports.
135,115 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties
The state Health Department has reported that 24,150 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 50.5% of the county’s total population and 59% of its people over 18. A total of 47.7% of the county has been fully vaccinated.
In Tompkins County, 71,092 people have received at least one dose, or 69.2% of the population and 76.7% of people over 18; 65.6% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 39,873 residents have received at least one dose, or 51.7% of the total population and 60.7% of people over 18; 48.4% are fully vaccinated.
Statewide, 12.18 million people have received at least one dose, or 63.3% of the state’s population and 75.6% of its people over 18; 57.3% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 68.7% of its people over 18.
Tompkins County plans virtual COVID update
Tompkins County will host a virtual COVID-19 update at 4:30 p.m. Thursday via YouTube.
Tompkins County Medical Director Dr. William Klepack, Cayuga Health System CEO Dr. Martin Stallone, interim County Administrator Lisa Holmes, and Deputy County Administrator and head of the Emergency Operations Center Amie Hendrix will give updates and answer questions.
The event can be viewed live on YouTube at youtube/aG2XZ-8k4MlY.
Updates will be shared on the prevalence of COVID-19 in Tompkins County, vaccination progress, last week’s health advisory, and the current status of state and local guidance and mandates.