November 29, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 9/25

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Tompkins County hires for COVID-19 team

The Tompkins County Health Department is hiring a community health coordinator and recruiting nurses for its COVID-19 response team.

The community health coordinator will oversee case monitoring and the registered professional nurses will serve as per-diem case investigators. For detailed job descriptions and applications, go to Applications will be accepted until Oct. 7 for the coordinator position. The other openings are ongoing.

“The community health coordinator role is very important in our positive case monitoring process,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “We are looking for someone who is interested in emergency response and public health, good at problem-solving, and highly organized. We look forward to reviewing applications.”

The announcement comes a day after the Cortland County Legislature voted to hire six temporary workers in its public health department to help with COVID-19 contact tracing.

Cortland County adds 31 cases

Cortland County confirmed 31 new cases of COVD-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,678.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 66 new cases Friday. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 19,660 across Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties since the pandemic began in March 2020. The number of people who have died from the virus remains 233.

• The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 503 patients, 172 of them confirmed positive. Seven were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 286 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 146,244 negative test results. The county has reported 73 deaths.

• Tompkins County reported 27 new cases Friday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 6,001. A total of 2,528,960 tests have been administered. Fifty-nine Tompkins residents have died.

• In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 39 new cases Friday. Confirmed cases rose to 7,981. The state reports 237,180 tests have been administered. The state reports 101 people have died.

144,026 receive COVID vaccine

The state Health Department reported Friday that 25,906 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 54.2% of the county’s total population and 62.9% of its people over 18. A total of 50.6% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 74,817 people have received at least one dose, or 72.8% of the population and 80.6% of people over 18; 67.9% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 43,303 residents have received at least one dose, or 56.1% of the total population and 65.5% of people over 18; 51.8% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 13.69 million people have received at least one dose, or 70.4% of the state’s population and 83.1% of its people over 18; 63% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 74.7% of its people over 18.

Cortland County rate at 332 cases per 100,000

Cortland County reported 158 new cases of coronavirus from Sept. 17 to Thursday. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 332.07 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: 332.07 — high
Tompkins: 208.46 — high
Cayuga: 344.76 — high
Onondaga: 272.95 — high
Broome: 312.36 — high
Chenango: 233.02 — high
Tioga: 184.64 — high
Madison: 197.35 — high