November 26, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 8/9

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Tompkins, Cayuga counties report 69 cases, 1 death

Cortland County did not file reports of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday or Sunday. As of Friday, 4,656 total cases had been confirmed.

However, another 69 cases were confirmed over the weekend in Tompkins and Cayuga counties. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to at least 15,687 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 212.

■ The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 114 patients, 32 of them confirmed positive. Three were hospitalized. 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 26 new cases Saturday and Sunday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,533. A total of 2,410,507 tests have been administered. Fifty-four Tompkins residents have died.
■ In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 43 new cases Saturday and Sunday and one new death. Confirmed cases rose to 6,498. The state reports 211,684 tests have been administered. Ninety-three people have died, the state reports.

Cortland County listed at ‘substantial’ risk

Cortland County has reported at least 29 new cases of coronavirus since Aug. 1. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 54.64 new cases per 100,000 people over the past week, exceeding the CDC standard before it recommends masking in indoor public spaces.

The county was listed Sunday as having a “substantial” risk of transmission, joining every county around it. 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. The CDC gave Tompkins County a rate of 65.57 cases per 100,000, and has called for indoor masking. Cayuga County has, too, with a rate of 69.21 cases per 100,000.

Other rates, from the CDC:
Onondaga: 92.72
Broome: 85.57
Chenango: 78.38
Tioga: 74.68
Madison: 54.98

135,940 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 24,310 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 50.8% of the county’s total population and 59.4% of its people over 18. A total of 47.9% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 71,371 people have received at least one dose, or 69.4% of the population and 77% of people over 18; 65.7% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 40,259 residents have received at least one dose, or 52.2% of the total population and 61.2% of people over 18; 48.7% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 12.33 million people have received at least one dose, or 64.1% of the state’s population and 76.4% of its people over 18; 57.7% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 69.2% of its people over 18.