December 8, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 9/14

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Tompkins announces death of fully vaccinated resident

ITHACA — COVID-19 has claimed its first fully vaccinated Tompkins County resident, Cayuga Medical Center reported to the Tompkins Health Department on Monday.

The patient, who died Saturday, was 93.

“We’re saddened by this loss and every loss in our community from COVID-19. This is the first fully vaccinated person to pass from COVID-19 in Tompkins County,” said county Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “We can report the patient was also impacted by pre-existing health conditions, which contributed to their passing. Vaccines continue to be effective in preventing severe disease, and a majority of our hospitalizations continue to be individuals who are unvaccinated.”

Cortland adds 96 cases

Cortland County reported 96 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, Sunday and Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,370.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 58 new cases Monday and one new death. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to at least 18,675 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 228.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 398 patients Friday, 213 of them confirmed positive. Ten were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 271 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 141,387 negative test results. The county has reported 71 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 14 new cases Monday and one new death, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 5,683. A total of 2,490,478 tests have been administered. Fifty-seven Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 44 new cases Monday. Confirmed cases rose to 7,622. The state reports 229,471 tests have been administered. One hundred people have died, the state reports.

SUNY reports no new cases

SUNY Cortland reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, remaining at 63 the number of cases on campus since mid-August. Sixty-four people were in isolation and three 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, but none since Sept. 4. No students were reporting isolating or quarantined.

Cortland tops 321 per 100K

Cortland County reported 153 new cases of coronavirus from Sept. 5 to Saturday. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland had 321.56 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: 321.56 — high
Tompkins: 239.77 — high
Cayuga: 305.58 — high
Onondaga: 219.10 — high
Broome: 250.41 — high
Chenango: 158.87 — high
Tioga: 205.38 — high
Madison: 255.14 — high

142,407 get shots in 3 counties

The state Health Department reported Monday that 25,611 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 53.6% of the county’s total population and 62.3% of its people over 18. A total of 49.8% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 74,175 people have received at least one dose, or 72.2% of the population and 79.9% of people over 18; 67.3% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 42,621 residents have received at least one dose, or 55.2% of the total population and 64.5% of people over 18; 50.9% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 13.38 million people have received at least one dose, or 69.1% of the state’s population and 81.6% of its people over 18; 61.7% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 73.3% of its people over 18.