October 26, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 9/29

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Who gets the booster shot?

These people are eligible for a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine six months after their initial vaccination series, the Tompkins County Health Department reported:

  • People over 65.
  • Residents of long-term care settings.
  • People 18 to 64 with underlying medical conditions.
  • People 18 to 64 where workplace or institutional settings put them at increased risk.
  • Healthcare workers and first responders.
  • People working in longterm care facilities or nursing homes.
  • School and day-care staff whose students are not eligible for vaccination.
  • Food and agriculture workers.
  • Grocery store workers.
  • Public transit workers.

Vaccine booster shots are recommended because data indicates that the immune response may have waned and protection weakened six or more months after being fully vaccinated, the department reports. Emerging data indicates a booster dose may safely heighten the immune response.

The recommendations are for people who received the Pfizer vaccine. Data are being collected for the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

“If you are in one of these categories, we are recommending that you seek a booster dose through your healthcare provider, pharmacies or upcoming local clinics.” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “Booster doses are a safe and effective way for those at higher risk of infection or severe disease to increase their immune response.”

Cortland County adds 14 cases

Cortland County reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,758.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 59 new cases Monday and Tuesday. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 19,922 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 237.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 376 patients, 157 of them confirmed positive. Nine were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 290 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 147,363 negative test results. The county has reported 74 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 26 new cases Monday and Tuesday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 6,097. A total of 2,540,290 tests have been administered. Fifty-nine Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 33 new cases Monday and Tuesday. Confirmed cases rose to 8,067. The state reports 239,066 tests have been administered. The state reports 104 people have died.

144,481 get shot in 3 counties

The state Health Department reported Tuesday that 26,022 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 54.4% of the county’s total population and 63.2% of its people over 18. A total of 50.9% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 74,940 people have received at least one dose, or 72.9% of the population and 80.7% of people over 18; 68.1% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 43,519 residents have received at least one dose, or 56.4% of the total population and 65.8% of people over 18; 52% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 13.79 million people have received at least one dose, or 71% of the state’s population and 83.8% of its people over 18; 63.5% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 75.2% of its people over 18.

Cortland rate: 313 per 100K

Cortland County reported 149 new cases of coronavirus from Sept. 20 to Sunday. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 313.15 new cases per 100,000 people over the past week.

The county was listed as having a “high risk” of transmission. The CDC recommends indoor masking in counties that exceed 50 cases per 100,000 over seven days.

The rates and risk:
Cortland: 313.15 — high
Tompkins: 179.10 — high
Cayuga: 301.66 — high
Onondaga: 284.24 — high
Broome: 323.38 — high
Chenango: 313.15 — high
Tioga: 257.25 — high
Madison: 242.46 — high