October 25, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 8/17

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Cortland County adds 34 COVID cases, 1 death

Cortland County reported 34 new cases of COVID 19 between Saturday and Monday, and one death, bringing the total number of cases to 4,757.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 38 new cases Monday. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 16,039 across Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties since the pandemic began in March 2020. One new death was reported, the number who have died from the virus rising to 213.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 169 patients Friday, 81 of them confirmed positive. Four were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 235 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 133,666 negative test results. The county has reported 66 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 12 new cases Monday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,656. A total of 2,416,920 tests have been administered. Fifty-four Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 26 new cases Monday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,672. The state reports 214,152 tests have been administered. Ninety-three people have died, the state reports.

Cortland County: 40% of new virus cases are among the vaccinated

About 40% of the coronavirus cases confirmed last week in Cortland County were among fully vaccinated people, the Cortland County Health Department reported Monday.

One person died, and eight others were hospitalized, the department reported.

While the vaccines aren’t as effective against the Delta variant as other variants in blocking the transmission, they remain effective for other reason, it reports. “Vaccination is still highly effective in preventing significant illness, hospitalization, and death, and is still recommended for all as the best preventive strategy against COVID-19 disease.

About 56.3% of the county’s population over the age of 12 is fully vaccinated, the department reports.

“The Cortland County Health Department is seeing multiple cases among family members and from a variety of social gatherings,” the department reports, and encourages vaccinations, masks and limiting interactions with crowds.

Cortland County tops 140 cases per 100,000

Cortland County has reported 81 new cases of coronavirus from Aug. 10 to Monday. The national 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

137,006 receive COVID vaccine

The state Health Department has reported that 24,569 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 51.4% of the county’s total population and 59.9% of its people over 18. A total of 48.3% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 71,774 people have received at least one dose, or 69.8% of the population and 77.4% of people over 18; 66% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 40,663 residents have received at least one dose, or 52.7% of the total population and 61.8% of people over 18; 49.1% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 12.55 million people have received at least one dose, or 65.2% of the state’s population and 77.6% of its people over 18; 58.4% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 69.9% of its people over 18.