December 4, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 8/12

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Cortland County reports 13 new cases

Cortland County reported 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, raising the total number of cases to 4,695.

Another 20 cases were confirmed Wednesday in Tompkins and Cayuga counties. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 15,800 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 132 patients, 54 of them confirmed positive. Four were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 231 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 132,755 negative test results. The county has reported 65 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 10 new cases Wednesday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,561. A total of 2,412,051 tests have been administered. Fifty-four Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 10 new cases Tuesday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,544. The state reports 212,383 tests have been administered. Ninety-three people have died, the state reports.

Cortland remains at 71 cases per 100,000

Cortland County has reported 60 new cases of coronavirus since Aug. 4. 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: 75.36 — substantial
Cayuga: 97.94 — substantial
Onondaga: 102.71 — high
Broome: 101.32 — high
Chenango: 108.03 — high
Tioga: 89.21 — substantial
Madison: 63.43 — substantial

136,248 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 24,362 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 50.9% of the county’s total population and 59.5% of its people over 18. A total of 48% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 71,488 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, 40,398 residents have received at least one dose, or 52.4% of the total population and 61.4% of people over 18; 48.8% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 12.41 million people have received at least one dose, or 64.5% of the state’s population and 76.8% of its people over 18; 57.9% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 69.4% of its people over 18.

10 days nearly equals 2 months in Cayuga

In 10 days so far this month, Cayuga County had nearly as many cases as June and July combined, the Cayuga County Health Department reports, more than 70% of them among unvaccinated people. The county had 109 cases between Aug. 1 and Tuesday, the department reports, compared with 45 in June and 73 in August.

Of those 109 cases, 75 were among unvaccinated people, the department reports, including a party that was linked to 12 cases. Another event, a funeral exposed people from two counties, including five in Cayuga.