November 30, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 10/2

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Guthrie offers Pfizer booster

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster is now available at Guthrie Primary Care locations for those who are eligible.

To be eligible for the third dose, you must have received your second Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine six or more months ago and also fall into one of these categories:

  • Be 65 or older.
  • Be 18 or older with an underlying medical condition or high-risk occupation.
  • Live in a long-term care facility.

Appointments are required, and availability depends on supply. Patients must arrive with their COVID-19 vaccine card to receive the Pfizer booster.

To schedule an appointment, please use eGuthrie or call Central Scheduling at 866-4884743.

Guthrie has primary care locations on West Road in Cortland and Copeland Avenue in Homer.

23 new cases reported in Cortland County

Cortland County reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,822.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 54 new cases Friday. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 20,130 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 238.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 412 patients, 160 of them confirmed positive. Nine were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 293 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 149,334 negative test results. The county has reported 74 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 15 new cases Friday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 6,151. A total of 2,552,415 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 8,157. The state reports 241,458 tests have been administered. The state reports 105 people have died.

144,716 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department reported Friday that 26,075 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 54.5% of the county’s total population and 63.3% of its people over 18. A total of 50.9% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 75,018 people have received at least one dose, or 73% of the population and 80.8% of people over 18; 68.2% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 43,623 residents have received at least one dose, or 56.5% of the total population and 65.9% of people over 18; 52.1% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 13.85 million people have received at least one dose, or 71.4% of the state’s population and 84.2% of its people over 18; 63.8% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 75.5% of its people over 18.

Cortland County rate at 284 cases per 100,000

Cortland County reported 135 new cases of coronavirus from Sept. 25 to Friday. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 283.73 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: 283.73 — high
Tompkins: 158.54 — high
Cayuga: 229.84 — high
Onondaga: 345.04 — high
Broome: 324.95 — high
Chenango: 199.12 — high
Tioga: 284.21 — high
Madison: 288.97 — high