December 8, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 9/11

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Cortland County adds 38 cases

Cortland County has reported 38 new cases of COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,274.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 94 new cases Friday, and one new death. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 18,368 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 227.

• The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 314 patients, 192 of them confirmed positive. Seven were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 266 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 140,689 negative test results. The county has reported 71 deaths.

Of the five deaths in Cortland County this week, three were at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center’s facility and two were at Cortland Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. In total, state data show 22 deaths at Cortland Park, 15 at Crown Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and seven at Guthrie Cortland.

• Tompkins County reported 50 new cases Friday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 5,594. A total of 2,480,856 tests have been administered. Fifty-six Tompkins residents have died.

• In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 44 new cases Friday, and one new death. Confirmed cases rose to 7,500. The state reports 227,748 tests have been administered. One hundred people have died, the state reports.

SUNY Cortland has 31 new cases

SUNY Cortland reported 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing to 52 the number of cases on campus since mid-August. Forty people were in isolation and eight 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.

“We don’t have a single reason for the spike, but it’s still early,” said college spokesman Fred Pierce. “As we do contact tracing we often get a clearer picture. At this point we don’t know if the positives were among vaccinated or unvaccinated students or oncampus or off-campus. It is, however, consistent with what’s happening at other SUNY campuses. If you look at SUNY Oswego, Oneonta or New Paltz, I believe they are all have positive test rates above the state average of 3.3%. With our new cases, we are currently at 1.17%.”

Tompkins Cortland Community College has reported four new cases since Aug. 25, two on Sept. 2 and two on Saturday. Four students are isolating none is in quarantine.

Cortland County rate at 294 cases per 100,000

Cortland County reported 126 new cases of coronavirus from Sept. 3 to Thursday. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 264.81 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: 264.81 — high
Tompkins: 259.35 — high
Cayuga: 344.76 — high
Onondaga: 218.66 — high
Broome: 263.01 — high
Chenango: 160.99 — high
Tioga: 180.49 — high
Madison: 241.05 — high

141,959 receive COVID vaccine

The state Health Department reported Friday that 25,531 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 53.4% of the county’s total population and 62.1% of its people over 18. A total of 49.6% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 73,987 people have received at least one dose, or 72% of the population and 79.7% of people over 18; 67.2% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 42,441 residents have received at least one dose, or 55% of the total population and 64.3% of people over 18; 50.7% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 13.29 million people have received at least one dose, or 68.6% of the state’s population and 81.1% of its people over 18; 61.2% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 72.8% of its people over 18.