October 22, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 8/11

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Guthrie reopens day program

Guthrie Cortland Medical Center re-opened its Adult Day Health Care program Monday, closed 16 months ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID precautions were in place, including social distancing and a limit of 16 participants.

The program provides comprehensive health care services to the disabled, chronically ill and elderly in a homelike setting, including administration of medications, physical, occupational and speech therapies, nursing and personal care needs, and recreation therapy.

The program is located in the Guthrie Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 134 Homer Ave. in Cortland. The program runs Monday-Friday. Enrollment is currently full, however, to learn more about potential future enrollment, call 607-756-3916.

Delta accounts for 80 Tompkins COVID cases

ITHACA — Of 87 COVID-19 samples taken in June and July in Tompkins County, the Delta variant accounted for 80.

The Tompkins County Health Department reported the Delta variant is spread more easily than other variants, even among vaccinated people, although the vaccination does reduce the severity.

The sequencing effort that confirmed this local data is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Cornell University Virology Laboratory at the Animal Health Diagnostic Center, Cayuga Medical Center, and the Tompkins County Health Department.

Most of the positive cases in Tompkins County in June and July resulted from large indoor gatherings and domestic travel, the county reports.

Tompkins County requires workers to mask

Tompkins County issued a directive Monday to county departments requiring mask use in county buildings by all individuals, regardless of their vaccination status.

“We continue to work to provide safe spaces for our staff and community, and asking people to wear masks is the best guidance for all of us. By wearing a mask at work and around others, you help prevent the most vulnerable from becoming infected,” said Deputy County Administrator Amie Hendrix.

“This data shows that the Delta variant is infecting both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals,” Tompkins County Medical Director Dr. William Klepack stated. “What the data also shows is that vaccinated individuals do have a remarkable level of protection against severe illness and hospitalization.”

Madison County offers clinic

DeRUYTER — The Madison County Department of Health will offer COVID-19 vaccine pop-up clinics at the DeRuyter Firemen’s Fair and the Madison-Bouckville Antique Week.

  • DeRuyter Firemen’s Fair — noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1579 Mechanic St., DeRuyter, offering the Pfizer vaccine.
  • Madison-Bouckville Antique Week — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 20 and 21, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug 22, 6759 Route 20 Bouckville, offering the Pfizer vaccine.

Walk-ins will be accepted, or appointments can be made at www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/2675/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information.

Cortland County reports 7 new COVID cases

Cortland County reported seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, raising the total number of cases to 4,682.

Another 38 cases were confirmed Tuesday in Tompkins and Cayuga counties. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to at least 15,767 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 105 patients, 46 of them confirmed positive. Two were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 228 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 132,598 negative test results. The county has reported 65 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported nine new cases Tuesday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,551. A total of 2,410,844 tests have been administered. Fifty-four Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 29 new cases Tuesday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,534. The state reports 212,052 tests have been administered. Ninety-three people have died, the state reports.

Cortland County tops 71 cases per 100,000

Cortland County has reported at least 49 new cases of coronavirus since Aug. 3. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 71.46 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 as having a “substantial” risk of transmission. 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 rates and risk, from the CDC:
Cortland: 71.46 — substantial
Tompkins: 72.42 — substantial
Cayuga: 94.02 — substantial
Onondaga: 102.71 — high
Broome: 101.32 — high
Chenango: 108.03 — high
Tioga: 89.21 — substantial
Madison: 63.43 — substantial

136,154 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 24,350 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, 71,458 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, 40,346 residents have received at least one dose, or 52.3% of the total population and 61.3% of people over 18; 48.8% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 12.38 million people have received at least one dose, or 64.3% of the state’s population and 76.7% of its people over 18; 57.8% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 69.3% of its people over 18.