October 22, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 8/10

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Ridge Runners cancel picnic

The East Freetown Ridge Runners have canceled their annual picnic because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizer Amiee Peppin announced Monday.

The event, which would have been Aug. 18, has been an otherwise annual affair since 1995.

Vaccination clinics planned Sept. 1-2 at TC3

DRYDEN — The Tompkins County Health Department in partnership with Cayuga Health System planning several upcoming vaccination clinics for anyone over the age of 12, including two in Dryden The following clinics at Tompkins Cortland Community College will be at the college’s field house at 170 North St.:

  • 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 1.
  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 2

Both clinics offer the Pfizer vaccine. Walk-ins will be accepted, or you can make an appointment at tinyurl.com/2e4uxt3y.

At the appointment, bring photo ID and an insurance card, if you have one. The clinic has no charge or co-pay, but insurers will be billed. Parents or guardians must sign a consent form for patients under 18.

Cortland County: 19 new cases

Cortland County reported 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between Saturday and Monday, raising the total number of cases to 4,675.

Another 16 cases were confirmed Monday in Tompkins and Cayuga counties. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to at least 15,722 across Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties since the pandemic began in March 2020. No new deaths were reported, the number who have died from the virus remaining 212.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 98 patients, 43 of them confirmed positive. Two were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 227 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 132,427 negative test results. The county has reported 65 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported nine new cases Monday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,542. A total of 2,410,636 tests have been administered. Fifty-four Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported seven new cases Monday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,505. The state reports 211,816 tests have been administered. Ninety-three people have died, the state reports.

Cortland tops 65 cases per 100,000

Cortland County has reported at least 42 new cases of coronavirus since Aug. 2. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 65.15 new cases per 100,000 people over the past week, exceeding exceeding the CDC standard before it recommends masking in indoor public spaces.

The county was listed Monday 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 72.42 cases per 100,000, and has called for indoor masking.

Cayuga County has, too, with a rate of 94.02 cases per 100,000.

Other rates, from the CDC:
Onondaga: 97.71
Broome: 94.49
Chenango: 84.73
Tioga: 87.13
Madison: 56.38

136,041 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 24,333 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 50.9% of the county’s total population and 59.4% of its people over 18.A total of 48% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 71,412 people have received at least one dose, or 69.5% of the population and 77.1% of people over 18; 65.8% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 40,296 residents have received at least one dose, or 52.2% of the total population and 61.3% of people over 18; 48.7% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 12.36 million people have received at least one dose, or 64.3% of the state’s population and 76.6% of its people over 18; 57.8% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 69.3% of its people over 18.

Cayuga County sees outbreaks

Cayuga County health officials have traced five different COVID-19 outbreaks to childcare facilities where a child or staff member went to the program, even while showing symptoms.

All five facilities had to either close a classroom or the entire facility for at least 10 days, county officials said Monday, adding the county has seen an increase in the number of child coronavirus cases, in part because children younger than 12 cannot yet be vaccinated.

The health department advises people to stay home if they have any of these symptoms, regardless of severity: nasal congestion or runny nose; sore throat; headache; fatigue; chills; muscle aches; cough; loss of taste or smell; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and upset stomach; fever; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

COVID-19 can mimic allergy symptoms, or the common cold.

But the department suggests that if your child has any of these symptoms, do not go to work or out in public, such as day-care, camp or school.