Cayuga Health issues new COVID protocols
Beginning Monday, Cayuga Health will now require COVID-19 testing for all patients, including those fully vaccinated, before any procedures such as all surgery, endoscopy and invasive radiological procedures.
The visitors policy also changes, effective Thursday, at Cayuga Medical Center. Two visitors and a support person will be allowed per day. Hours are from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends.
Following COVID 19 guidelines:
- Everyone entering the hospital or off-site location will be temperature checked (must be below 100 degrees) and screened for symptoms or potential exposure to someone with COVID-19.
- Patients undergoing same day procedures may be accompanied by a support person and that support person may remain with the patient through the initial intake process; and may rejoin the patient during discharge.
- All visitors must wear a mask for the entirety of their visit.
Cortland County adds 14 new COVID cases
Cortland County reported 14 new cases of COVID 19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 4,805.
Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 58 new cases Thursday. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 16,259 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 214.
- The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 204 patients, 104 of them confirmed positive. Eight were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 240 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 134,381 negative test results. The county has reported 66 deaths.
- Tompkins County reported 22 new cases Thursday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 4,719. A total of 2,420,294 tests have been administered. Fifty-five Tompkins residents have died.
- In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 36 new cases Thursday. Confirmed cases rose to 6,781. The state reports 215,808 tests have been administered. Ninety-three people have died, the state reports.
Cortland County rate continues to increase
Cortland County has reported 97 new cases of coronavirus from Aug. 13 to Thursday. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 168.13 new cases per 100,000 people over the past week, up from 163.93 per 100,000 a day earlier.
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: 168.13 — high
Tompkins: 107.65 — high
Cayuga: 231.14 — high
Onondaga: 145.7 — high
Broome: 144.37 — high
Chenango: 175.82 — high
Tioga: 120.32 — high
Madison: 94.44 — substantial
137,564 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties
The state Health Department has reported that 24,705 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 51.7% of the county’s total population and 60.2% of its people over 18. A total of 48.4% of the county has been fully vaccinated.
In Tompkins County, 72,012 people have received at least one dose, or 70.1% of the population and 77.7% of people over 18; 66.1% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 40,847 residents have received at least one dose, or 52.9% of the total population and 62% of people over 18; 49.2% are fully vaccinated.
Statewide, 12.65 million people have received at least one dose, or 65.6% of the state’s population and 77.9% of its people over 18; 58.6% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 70.2% of its people over 18.