October 25, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 9/1

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Cortland County adds 24 cases

Cortland County reported 24 new cases of COVID 19 Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,033.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 54 new cases Tuesday. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 17,340 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 217.

• The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 330 patients, 152 of them confirmed positive. Eight were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 253 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 137,152 negative test results. The county has reported 66 deaths.

• Tompkins County reported 29 new cases Tuesday, the state Health Department said. The number of confirmed cases rose to 5,167. A total of 2,443,957 tests have been administered. Fifty-six Tompkins residents have died.

• In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 25 new cases Tuesday. Confirmed cases rose to 7,140. The state reports 222,111 tests have been administered. Ninetyfive people have died, the state reports.

SUNY Cortland: 3 new COVID cases

SUNY Cortland reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the number of cases since mid-August to eight. Ten people were in isolation and five others were in quarantine. The college reported 781 cases between Aug. 26, 2020, and Jan. 9, and another 323 on-campus and 468 total from Jan. 10 to June 2.

140,167 receive COVID vaccine

The state Health Department reported Tuesday that 25,219 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 52.7% of the county’s total population and 61.4% of its people over 18. A total of 49.1% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 73,175 people have received at least one dose, or 71.2% of the population and 78.9% of people over 18; 66.7% are fully vaccinated.

In Cayuga County, 41,773 residents have received at least one dose, or 54.1% of the total population and 63.3% of people over 18; 50.1% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 12.99 million people have received at least one dose, or 67.3% of the state’s population and 79.7% of its people over 18; 60% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 71.6% of its people over 18.

Cortland County COVID rate closes on 300 per 100,000

Cortland County has reported 131 new cases of coronavirus from Aug. 24 to Monday. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 275.32 new cases per 100,000 people over the past week.

The county was listed as having a “high risk” of transmission. Cayuga, Onondaga, Chenango, Broome, Madison 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: 275.32 — high
Tompkins: 330.79 — high
Cayuga: 270.32 — high
Onondaga: 188.70 — high
Broome: 226.26 — high
Chenango: 186.41 — high
Tioga: 130.70 — high
Madison: 132.50 — high

Report: New cases linked to students

ITHACA — A large chunk of Tompkins County’s 361 new COVID- 19 cases in the past week are because of students arriving on campus for the fall, the county reported Tuesday.

“With this increase, we are continuing to urge the community to get vaccinated, wear a mask while around others, and get tested when you are symptomatic or a close contact,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa.

“In addition to the arrival and surveillance testing, many of our new cases are arising from sustained close contact with a positive individual, meaning more than 10 minutes within six feet of a positive case, he added. “These close contacts are occurring more frequently in large indoor gatherings that mix different groups of people.”

The county sees more fully vaccinated people testing positive, although Kruppa said the vast majority of those cases are either asymptomatic or mild.

Tompkins County fills positions for COVID team

Tompkins County Health Department announced Tuesday it is filling three types of temporary positions for its COVID-19 Response Team:

• Registered Professional Nurses to serve as per-diem case investigators.
• Project Assistants to assist with case monitoring efforts.
• A Driver for the COVID-19 testing program.

Detailed job descriptions and the applications to complete are available on the Tompkins County Human Services website: www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/vacancies.

“As we navigate the ongoing pandemic, we have added to and decreased our team as needed to best respond to the current situation,” said Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “Our core team is highly skilled and can provide excellent training to the new employees.”