December 2, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 8/6

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Cortland County reports 6 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 4,644.

Another 11 cases were confirmed Wednesday in Tompkins and Cayuga counties. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 15,585 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 211.

n The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 71 patients, 23 of them confirmed positive. Three were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 226 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 131,897 negative test results. The county has reported 65 deaths.
n Tompkins County reported seven new cases Thursday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,495. A total of 2,408,601 tests have been administered. Fifty-four Tompkins residents have died.
n In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported four new cases Thursday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,446. The state reports 210,637 tests have been administered. Ninety-two people have died, the state reports.

Tompkins: 27% of new cases are among vaccinated

This is what the Delta variant means for COVID-19 transmission: 27% of the confirmed cases of coronavirus in Tompkins County since May 1 has been among fully vaccinated people, although that is 0.1% of all the vaccinated people in that county, the Tompkins County Health Department reports.

The department published a breakdown of positive cases in the wake of asking residents to wear a mask while indoors and around others, regardless of vaccination status.

The data mirror state and national trends, reports the department, which attributes the spread to indoor gatherings and domestic travel.

Since January, the total number of positive cases in the vaccinated population represents 0.2% of the total vaccinated population in Tompkins County. More than 67,000 Tompkins County residents have been fully vaccinated — about 69% of the population.

The positive vaccinated cases since May represent 0.1% of the fully vaccinated population in Tompkins County. Of the 315 new cases between May 1 and July 30, 84 reported being fully vaccinated, or 27% of the total new positive cases.

Still, vaccinated individuals, both locally and nationally, continue to have very high levels of protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death from the virus, the department reports. For details about the COVID-19 vaccine and where to get vaccinated, go to

135,468 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 24,210 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 50.6% of the county’s total population and 59.1% of its people over 18. A total of 47.8% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 71,219 people have received at least one dose, or 6932% of the population and 76.9% of people over 18; 65.6% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 40,039 residents have received at least one dose, or 51.9% of the total population and 60.9% of people over 18; 48.5% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 12.24 million people have received at least one dose, or 63.5% of the state’s population and 75.9% of its people over 18; 57.4% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 68.9% of its people over 18.

Cortland rate remains below CDC threshold

Cortland County has reported 19 new cases of coronavirus since July 30, giving it a rate of 39.7 new cases per 100,000 people, still below the rate the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sets before it recommends masking in indoor public spaces.

Cortland County officials, however, have already called for masking where social distancing is not possible.

The CDD recommends indoor masking in counties that exceed 50 cases per 100,000 over seven days.

Tompkins County reported 68 new cases, giving it a rate of 65.2 cases per 100,000, and has called for indoor masking. Cayuga County has, too, although its 31 cases in the past week gives it a rate of 37.6 cases per 100,000.

Other rates, from the CDC:
Onondaga: 77.09
Broome: 59.32
Chenango: 84.73
Tioga: 35.27
Madison: 32.42