October 26, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 8/16

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Tompkins, Cayuga counties add 54 new COVID cases

Cortland County has not released data on confirmed COVID-19 cases since Friday. However, Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 54 cases on Saturday and Sunday.

The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to at least 15,967 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 134 patients Friday, 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 15 new cases Saturday and Sunday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,648. A total of 2,415,527 tests have been administered. Fifty-four Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 39 new cases over the weekend. Confirmed cases rose to 6,616. The state reports 213,548 tests have been administered. Ninety-three people have died, the state reports.

Cortland County tops 140 cases per 100,000

Cortland County has reported 67 new cases of coronavirus from Aug. 7 to Friday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 140.81 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 “high” 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, from the CDC:
Cortland: 140.81 — high
Tompkins: 106.67 — high
Cayuga: 185.44 — high
Onondaga: 120.73 — high
Broome: 138.07 — high
Chenango: 180.06 — high
Tioga: 112.03 — high
Madison: 77.53 — substantial

136,756 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 24,499 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 51.2% of the county’s total population and 59.8% of its people over 18. A total of 48.2% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 71,681 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, 40,576 residents have received at least one dose, or 52.6% of the total population and 61.7% of people over 18; 49% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 12.51 million people have received at least one dose, or 65% of the state’s population and 77.3% of its people over 18; 58.2% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 69.7% of its people over 18.