October 25, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 8/18

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Testing remains free in Tompkins

COVID-19 tests remain free for Tompkins County rsidents through Cayuga Health System, the county announced Friday. And they remain among the county’s most-effective tools in identifying cases and slowing the spread of COVID-19.

The department suggested in a release Tuesday that people seek a COVID-19 test if they:

• Show coronavirus symptoms.
• Are vaccinated and had close contact with a positive individual within five to seven days of exposure.
• Are vaccinated and had close contact within three to five days of exposure.
• If your employer, school or affiliated institution requires testing.

Close contact remains being with 6 feet of a positive individual for 10 minutes or more.

Anyone who is tested should quarantine themselves pending test results; results will be reported to the Tompins County Health Department.

Cortland County adds 15 COVID cases

Cortland County reported 15 new cases of COVID 19 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 4,772.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 44 new cases Tuesday. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 16,098 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 at 213.

• The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 165 patients, 84 of them confirmed positive. Three were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 235 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 133,947 negative test results. The county has reported 66 deaths.

• Tompkins County reported five new cases Monday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,661. A total of 2,417,285 tests have been administered. Fifty-four Tompkins residents have died.

• In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 39 new cases Tuesday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,711. The state reports 214,481 tests have been administered. Ninety-three people have died, the state reports.

Cortland tops 155 cases per 100,000

Cortland County has reported 90 new cases of coronavirus from Aug. 11 to Tuesday. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 155.52 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: 155.52 — high
Tompkins: 108.63 — high
Cayuga: 193.27 — high
Onondaga: 128.33 — high
Broome: 136.49 — high
Chenango: 184.29 — high
Tioga: 103.73 — high
Madison: 88.81 — substantial

137,159 receive shot in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 24,606 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 51.5% of the county’s total population and 60% of its people over 18. A total of 48.3% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 71,839 people have received at least one dose, or 69.9% of the population and 77.5% of people over 18; 66% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 40,714 residents have received at least one dose, or 52.8% of the total population and 61.8% of people over 18; 49.1% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 12.58 million people have received at least one dose, or 65.4% of the state’s population and 77.7% of its people over 18; 58.5% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 70% of its people over 18.