December 2, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 8/7

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Pumpkinfest canceled for second year

The Great Cortland Pumpkinfest committee announced Friday it has canceled the 2021 festival, with the aim to return in 2022. Blame COVID. Again.

“Especially after the difficulties of 2020, we had really hoped to be able to gather for the Great Cortland Pumpkinfest this year,” said Elizabeth Cole, festival co-chairwoman.

“The decision to cancel is not one we undertook lightly,” said Mindy Stevenson, festival co-chairwoman. “But, our continued concern is for the health and safety of our vendors, crafters, volunteers and guests.”

For more more information, go to www. or follow on social media @greatcortlandpumpkinfest.

County requires masks in office building

Starting Monday, all people entering the Cortland County Office Building must wear a mask, regardless of their vaccination status, County Administrator Rob Corpora announced Friday.

Cortland County remained at a moderate level of transmission, reports the national Centers for Disease Control and prevention, with 42.03 cases per 100,000 for the seven days ending Thursday. However, the county reported 12 new cases on Friday, which would bring it into the substantial risk category. Tompkins, Onondaga, Broome, Tioga and Chenango counties are already at a substantial risk.

The Cortland County Health Department recommends following the CDC guidance, “to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.”

“As we continue to see more of our surrounding counties enter into substantial or high transmission levels we encourage our community members to do their part and wear a mask in all public indoor settings,” the county said in a statement.

Cortland Co. reports 12 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported 12 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 4,656.

Another 21 cases were confirmed Friday in Tompkins and Cayuga counties. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 15,618 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.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 114 patients, 32 of them confirmed positive. Three were hosptalized. Since the pandemic began, 226 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 132,127 negative test results. The county has reported 65 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 12 new cases Friday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,507. A total of 2,409,256 tests have been administered. Fifty-four Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported nine new cases Friday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,455. The state reports 210,880 tests have been administered. Ninety-two people have died, the state reports.

Cortland rate exceeds CDC’s threshold

Cortland County has reported 28 new cases of coronavirus since July 30, giving it a rate of 58.5 new cases per 100,000 people over the past week, exceeding the rate the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sets before it recommends masking in indoor public spaces.

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

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

Tompkins County reported 66 new cases, giving it a rate of 64.2 cases per 100,000, and has called for indoor masking. Cayuga County has, too, although its 35 cases in the past week gives it a rate of 45.4 cases per 100,000.

Other rates, from the CDC:

Onondaga: 81.86
Broome: 65.62
Chenango: 78.38
Tioga: 51.86
Madison: 36.65

135,644 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 24,252 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 50.7% of the county’s total population and 59.2% of its people over 18. A total of 47.9% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 71,271 people have received at least one dose, or 69.3% of the population and 76.9% of people over 18; 65.7% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 40,121 residents have received at least one dose, or 60% of the total population and 61% of people over 18; 48.6% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 12.27 million people have received at least one dose, or 63.7% of the state’s population and 76% of its people over 18; 57.5% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 69% of its people over 18.