October 18, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 10/6

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Tompkins County offers booster clinics

LANSING — Tompkins County will have three clinics to administer booster doses of the
Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, the county health department announced Tuesday.

The clinics will be at the Cayuga Health vaccination site at the old Sears building at the Shops at Ithaca Mall. Appointments can be made by calling 877-211-8667 or visiting websites for:

  • Thursday: 3 to 7 p.m. — tinyurl.com/c6dv9ssj.
  • Friday: Noon to 4 p.m. — tinyurl.com/nus2rhrr.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to noon — tinyurl.com/266seyyr.

“For those who are eligible and at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, we are encouraging you to get your booster shot when you are able,” said Tompkins Public Health Director Frank Kruppa.

“Booster shots are available and recommended to help increase your immune response prior to a decrease in protection from the primary vaccine series.”

These people are eligible for the booster:

  • People 65 and older.
  • People 18 or older in a longterm care facility
  • People over 18 with underlying medical conditions.
  • Healthcare workers, first responders, long-term care workers, school and day-care staff, food and agriculture workers, grocery store workers and public transit workers.

Cortland County: 19 new cases

Cortland County reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,908.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 45 new cases Tuesday. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 20,362 across Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties since the pandemic began in March 2020. The number of people who have died from the virus remains 242.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 401 patients, 167 of them confirmed positive. Five were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 296 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 150,735 negative test results. The county has reported
    77 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 21 new cases Tuesday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 6,223. A total of 2,564,375 tests have been administered. Fifty-nine Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 24 new cases Tuesday. Confirmed cases rose to 8,231. The state reports 243,891 tests have been administered. The state reports 106 people have died.

145,087 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department reported Saturday that 26,169 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 54.7% of the county’s total population and 63.6% of its people over 18. A total of 51.1% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 75,134 people have received at least one dose, or 73.1% of the population and 80.8% of people over 18; 68.3% are fully vaccinated. In Cayuga County, 43,784 residents have received at least one dose, or 56.8% of the total population and 66% of people over 18; 52.4% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 13.94 million people have received at least one dose, or 71.9% of the state’s population and 84.8% of its people over 18; 64.2% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 76% of its people over 18.

Cortland County rate at 254 cases per 100,000

Cortland County reported 133 new cases of coronavirus from Sept. 28 to Monday. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 279.52 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: 279.52 — high
Tompkins: 123.31 — high
Cayuga: 215.47 — high
Onondaga: 379.13 — high
Broome: 304.48 — high
Chenango: 211.83 — high
Tioga: 273.84 — high
Madison: 281.92 — high

State reports cases in schools

Here is how many students and staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at greater Cortland area school districts since the start of the academic year, reports the state Health Department.