October 19, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 9/10

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Cortland County adds 30 new COVID cases, 2 deaths

Cortland County has reported 30 new cases of COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,236. Two new deaths were reported, both at a nursing home.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 108 new cases Thursday. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 18,236 across Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties since the pandemic began in March 2020. The number of people who have died from the virus has risen to 226.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 287 patients, 176 of them confirmed positive. Five were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 261 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 139,962 negative test results. The county has reported 71 deaths.
    The county reported both new deaths were at nursing homes — joining three others earlier this week — but did not specify which homes State data show 22 deaths at Cortland Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 15 at Crown Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and five at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.
  • Tompkins County reported 55 new cases Thursday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 5,544. A total of 2,477,838 tests have been administered. Fifty-six Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 53 new cases Thursday. Confirmed cases rose to 7,456. The state reports 227,135 tests have been administered. Ninety-nine people have died, the state reports.

Cortland County rate at 294 cases per 100,000

Cortland County reported 140 new cases of coronavirus from Sept. 2 to Wednesday. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 294.24 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: 294.24 — high
Tompkins: 275.98 — high
Cayuga: 312.11 — high
Onondaga: 211.28 — high
Broome: 267.21 — high
Chenango: 184.29 — high
Tioga: 172.19 — high
Madison: 236.82 — high

SUNY Cortland has 2 new cases

SUNY Cortland reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing to 21 the number of cases on campus since mid-August. Eighteen people were in isolation and five 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.

Tompkins Cortland Community College has reported four new cases since Aug. 25, two on Sept. 2 and two on Saturday. Six students are isolating and two are in quarantine.

141,791 receive COVID vaccine

The state Health Department reported Thursday that 25,496 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 53.3% of the county’s total population and 62% of its people over 18. A total of 49.6% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 73,920 people have received at least one dose, or 71.9% of the population and 79.6% of people over 18; 67.1% are fully vaccinated.

In Cayuga County, 42,375 residents have received at least one dose, or 54.9% of the total population and 64.2% of people over 18; 50.7% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 13.26 million people have received at least one dose, or 68.5% of the state’s population and 81% of its people over 18; 61.1% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 72.7% of its people over 18.

COVID vaccine clinics next week in Moravia, Groton

Vaccination clinics will be offered next week in Groton, Moravia and Lansing, the health departments of Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported.

  • Moravia — A walk-in clinic will be 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Moravia Fire Department, 38 Keeler St. Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available.
  • Groton — A clinic will be open 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Groton American Legion, 307 Main St., offering the Pfizer vaccine to people 12 and older. To make an appointment, go to tinyurl.com/vc6wc998.
  • Lansing — A clinic will be open 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 18 in the Lansing Town Hall courtroom, 29 Auburn Road, offering the Moderna vaccine to people 18 and older. To make an appointment, go to tinyurl.com/nhrj36uk.