October 21, 2021

Coronavirus briefs

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Guthrie, Cortland urge vaccinations

Guthrie Cortland Medical Center and Cortland County have issued a joint statement urging residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19, following a spike in both cases and hospitalizations.

Of 13 new cases confirmed Wednesday, the only two who needed to be hospitalized were unvaccinated, the hospital reported.

The Cortland County Health Department also reported seeing multiple cases among family members and from small social gatherings.

“We want to stress that each and every Cortland County resident has the ability to ensure we get through this current trend of increased cases by getting vaccinated when eligible and wearing masks whenever in a public, indoor setting,” said Lisa Perfetti, interim public health director. “Vaccinations do prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death, and help protect those who are unable to get the vaccine; especially the children under 12.”

“With the impending New York State Fair, the number of cases will only continue to increase,” said Jennifer Yartym, the hospital’s president. “In order to lessen the spread, it is critical that we increase our Cortland County vaccination rates.”

Cortland has 15 new cases

Cortland County reported 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, raising the total number of cases to 4,723.

Another 36 cases were confirmed Friday in Tompkins and Cayuga counties. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 15,913 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 remains 212.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 134 patients, 72 of them confirmed positive. Six were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 234 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 133,301 negative test results. The county has reported 65 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 23 new cases Friday, according to the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,613. A total of 2,414,716 tests have been administered. Fifty-four Tompkins residents have died.
  • Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 13 new cases Friday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,577. The state reports 213,095 tests have been administered. Ninety-three people have died, the state reports.

Cortland nears 100 cases per 100,000

Cortland County has reported 67 new cases of coronavirus since Aug. 7. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 94.58 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, Onondaga, Chenango, Broome and Tioga counties 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 per 100,000, from the CDC:

Cortland: 94.58, substantial
Tompkins: 71.44, substantial
Cayuga: 133.2, high
Onondaga: 100.32, high
Broome: 100.79, high
Chenango: 139.81, high
Tioga: 101.65, substantial
Madison: 60.61, substantial

136,588 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 24,445 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, 71,617 people have received at least one dose, or 69.7% of the population and 77.3% of people over 18; 65.9% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 40,526 residents have received at least one dose, or 52.5% of the total population and 61.6% of people over 18; 48.9% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 12.48 million people have received at least one dose, or 64.8% of the state’s population and 77.1% of its people over 18; 58.1% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 69.6% of its people over 18.