Cayuga County leaders call for masks in schools
Cayuga County’s Legislature chairwoman and public health director sent a letter to school superintendents Thursday urging them to follow federal guidelines when reopening schools for the year.
The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Public Health Association recommend universal masking for students, teachers, staff and visitors regardless of vaccination status, said Chairwoman Aileen McNabb-Coleman and Public Health Director Kathleen Cuddy.
“Locally we, the Cayuga County chairperson and public health director, in consultation with our medical director and board of health physicians, recommend the preventive guidance detailed by CDC, which includes a multi-layered approach to prevention,” they wrote, including vaccination, indoor masking, screening and testing, ventilation, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, staying home when ill and getting tested, contact tracing in conjunction with isolation and quarantine, cleaning and disinfection of school environment.
Cortland County reports 13 new COVID cases
Cortland County reported 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the total number of cases to 4,708.
Another 49 cases were confirmed Thursday in Tompkins and Cayuga counties. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 15,862 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.
n The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 119 patients, 63 of them confirmed positive. Six were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 233 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 133,068 negative test results. The county has reported 65 deaths.
n Tompkins County reported 29 new cases Wednesday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,590. A total of 2,413,587 tests have been administered. Fifty-four Tompkins residents have died.
n In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 20 new cases Thursday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,564. The state reports 212,748 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 52 new cases of coronavirus since Aug. 3. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 86.17 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.
Cayuga, Onondata, Chenango and Broome counites have been listed as “high risk,” with transmission rates above 100 cases per $100,000 over the past week.
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: 86.17 — substantial
Tompkins: 80.25 — substantial
Cayuga: 129.28 — high
Onondaga: 100.75 — high
Broome: 101.32 — high
Chenango: 122.86 — high
Tioga: 89.98 — substantial
Madison: 60.61 — substantial
136,440 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties
The state Health Department has reported that 24,418 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 51.1% of the county’s total population and 59.6% of its people over 18. A total of 48.1% of the county has been fully vaccinated.
In Tompkins County, 71,555 people have received at least one dose, or 69.6% of the population and 77.2% of people over 18; 65.9% are fully vaccinated.
In Cayuga County, 40,467 residents have received at least one dose, or 52.5% of the total population and 61.5% of people over 18; 48.9% are fully vaccinated.
Statewide, 12.45 million people have received at least one dose, or 64.6% of the state’s population and 77% of its people over 18; 58% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 69.5% of its people over 18.