November 27, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 8/19

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Guthrie Cortland to reopen COVID testing site

Guthrie Cortland Medical Center has been monitoring the rise in COVID-positive cases and will reopen its drive-through COVID testing site Monday to provide additional access to the community, the health group announced Wednesday.

The facility, in the parking lot across from the main entrance of the hospital on Alvena Avenue, will be open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, by appointment.

To make an appointment, call the Guthrie COVID line at 607-299-7676.

Testing will be offered for any patient with an order from their provider for testing including pre-procedural testing, potential exposure, requirement for employment or school participation, or general concern. Patients must have an order to be scheduled for testing.

Patients can also be evaluated from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays at Cortland Walk-In Care, at 4077 West Road in Cortland or the emergency department at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.

All patients are subject to copay, co-insurance, or cost of testing depending on their insurance carrier.

Cortland County adds 19 cases

Cortland County reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 4,791.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 70 new cases Wednesday. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 16,187 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 214.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 180 patients, 91 of them confirmed positive. Five were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 237 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 134,145 negative test results. The county has reported 66 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 36 new cases Wednesday and one new death, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,697. A total of 2,418,281 tests have been administered. Fifty-five Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 34 new cases Wednesday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,745. The state reports 215,413 tests have been administered. Ninety-three people have died, the state reports.

137,344 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department has reported that 24,656 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 51.6% of the county’s total population and 60.1% of its people over 18. A total of 48.4% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 71,906 people have received at least one dose, or 70% of the population and 77.5% of people over 18; 66.1% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 40,782 residents have received at least one dose, or 52.9% of the total population and 61.9% of people over 18; 49.2% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 12.61 million people have received at least one dose, or 65.5% of the state’s population and 77.8% of its people over 18; 58.5% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 70.1% of its people over 18.

Cortland County tops 163 cases per 100,000

Cortland County has reported 109 new cases of coronavirus from Aug. 12 to Wednesday. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 163.93 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. Cayuga, Onondaga, Chenango, Broome and Tioga counties also 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: 163.93 — high
Tompkins: 111.57 — high
Cayuga: 218.08 — high
Onondaga: 137.89 — high
Broome: 139.12 — high
Chenango: 177.94 — high
Tioga: 109.95 — high
Madison: 90.22 — substantial