December 8, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 9/17

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Cortland County adds 36 cases

Cortland County reported 37 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,471.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 98 new cases Thursday. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 18,964 across Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties since the pandemic began in March 2020. No new deaths were reported; the number of people who have died from the virus remains 230.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 481 patients, 223 of them confirmed positive. Twelve were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 279 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 142,820 negative test results. The county has reported 71 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 35 new cases Thursday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 5,768. A total of 2,501,027 tests have been administered. Fifty-nine Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 63 new cases Thursday. Confirmed cases rose to 7,725. The state reports 231,558 tests have been administered. One hundred people have died, the state reports.

SUNY Cortland reports 12 new cases Thursday

SUNY Cortland reported 12 new cases Thursday and five Wednesday, increasing the number of confirmed cases among students on campus since mid-August to 91. Data on how many students were isolating and how many were quarantined were unavailable. 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 County rate steady at 336 cases per 100,000

Cortland County reported 160 new cases of coronavirus from Sept. 9 to Wednesday. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 336.27 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: 336.27 — high
Tompkins: 238.79 — high
Cayuga: 338.23 — high
Onondaga: 232.34 — high
Broome: 293.98 — high
Chenango: 188.53 — high
Tioga: 261.39 — high
Madison: 204.40 — high

Cortland County offers combined flu/COVID-19 vaccine clinics

Cortland County will offer a series of vaccination clinics starting today offering both influenza vaccinations and vaccinations for COVID-19.

The clinics are organized by The Cortland County Area Agency on Aging and support from a number of pharmacies, including Rite Aid, Kinney Drugs, Price Chopper and Price Chopper.

Patients must provide proof of insurance, and the pharmacy will bring a supply of vaccinations for influenza, COVID-19, shingles, tetanus and more, which may vary by pharmacy.

The clinics will be:

10 a.m. — Marathon Civic Building, 16 Brink St. 1 p.m. — United Methodist Church of Scott, 6816 Route 41.

10 a.m. — McGraw Community Building, 15 Clinton St.

10 a.m. — Willet Town Hall, 1425 Route 41. 11:30 a.m. — Cincinnatus Rural Services, 2704 Lower Cincinnatus Road.

10 a.m. — Creamery Hills Community Room, 355 Creamery Road, Harford.
10 a.m. — Cortland united Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St.

Sept. 28
10 a.m. — Homer Town Hall, 31 N. Main St.

Sept. 30
10 a.m. — Truxton United Methodist Church, 3670 Route 13.

142,887 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department reported Tuesday that 25,694 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 53.7% of the county’s total population and 62.5% of its people over 18. A total of 50% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 74,358 people have received at least one dose, or 72.3% of the population and 80.1% of people over 18; 67.4% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 42,835 residents have received at least one dose, or 55.5% of the total population and 64.8% of people over 18; 51.1% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 13.47 million people have received at least one dose, or 69.4% of the state’s population and 82% of its people over 18; 62% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 73.6% of its people over 18.