October 18, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 9/16

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2 die in Tompkins County despite being vaccinated

ITHACA — Two people died Monday of COVID-19 at Cayuga Medical Center, despite having been fully vaccinated, Tompkins County announced Wednesday

Both people were elderly, the county reported, as was a 93-year-old vaccinated patient who died Saturday.

“What we’re seeing locally is an increase in spread as the community reopens and people are going out and gathering with others,” said Tompkins Public Health Director Frank Kruppa.

“We know that the Delta variant continues to spread even among those who are fully vaccinated. Despite this, the vaccine is protecting a vast majority of people against severe illness. With our majority-vaccinated population and the prevalence of the Delta variant, we are likely to continue to see positive cases in those who are vaccinated.”

Kruppa encouraged people to wear masks while indoors around others, get tested, and get vaccinated.

81% of Guthrie workers vaccinated

More than 81% of Guthrie’s employees have been vaccinated against COVID-19, the healthcare organization announced Wednesday.

More have appointments scheduled in the next two weeks, said representative Steven Osterhout.

“We are seeing more staff take advantage of our employee vaccination clinics each week,” he said in a release.

The push to vaccinate medical workers comes as the state has mandated their inoculations by Sept. 27, although a federal judge temporarily blocked the state on Tuesday from forcing medical workers to be vaccinated.

Judge David Hurd in Utica issued the order after 17 health professionals, including doctors and nurses, claimed in a lawsuit Monday that their rights were violated with a vaccine mandate that disallowed religious exemptions.

A Lowville hospital had to shut down its maternity ward Saturday after six staff members resigned rather than be vaccinated.

Cortland County adds 36 cases

Cortland County reported 36 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,434.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 65 new cases Wednesday, and two new deaths. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 18,728 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 230.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 462 patients, 212 of them confirmed positive. Seven were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 274 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 141,952 negative test results. The county has reported 71 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 43 new cases Wednesday, and two new deaths, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 5,733. A total of 2,496,781 tests have been administered. Fifty-nine Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 22 new cases Wednesday. Confirmed cases rose to 7,662. The state reports 230,409 tests have been administered. One hundred people have died, the state reports.

SUNY Cortland reports 2 new cases

SUNY Cortland reported two new cases Tuesday and six cases Monday, increasing the number of confirmed cases on campus since mid-August to 74. Seventy-four students were isolating; 12 were quarantined. 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.

142,699 receive COVID vaccine

The state Health Department reported Tuesday that 25,661 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 53.7% of the county’s total population and 62.4% of its people over 18.

A total of 49.9% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 74,291 people have received at least one dose, or 72.3% of the population and 80% of people over 18; 67.4% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 42,747 residents have received at least one dose, or 55.4% of the total population and 64.7% of people over 18; 51% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 13.43 million people have received at least one dose, or 69.3% of the state’s population and 81.8% of its people over 18; 61.9% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 73.4% of its people over 18.

Cortland County COVID rate at 338 cases per 100,000

Cortland County reported 161 new cases of coronavirus from Sept. 8 to Tuesday. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 338.37 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: 338.37 — high
Tompkins: 214.33 — high
Cayuga: 342.14 — high
Onondaga: 231.47 — high
Broome: 273.51 — high
Chenango: 175.82 — high
Tioga: 234.43 — high
Madison: 218.49 — high