December 1, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 11/5

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1,200 appointments for child vaccines filled in Tompkins County

All 1,200 available appointments to vaccinate children 5 to 11 planned by the Tompkins County Health Department have been filled, one day after the clinic was announced, the department reported Thursday.

The department encouraged families who were unable to make an appointment for today or Saturday to watch for clinics to be announced for next weekend or to seek vaccine through a pharmacy or medical office.

Future clinics for younger children are being planned and will be announced once vaccine doses are available, the department announced. School districts will also send out announcements of coming clinics.

Tompkins County plans COVID town hall

The Tompkins County Health Department will have a COVID-19 town hall from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, viewable on Youtube.

Questions from the public will be taken during the event, which will be available for viewing and will be archived on Youtube.

Guests will include Dr. Jeffrey Snedeker, physician at Northeast Pediatrics, and Rachel Buckwalter, senior community health nurse with the Tompkins County Health Department. They will discuss the COVID-19 vaccine for children and other updates.

The department has also provided more information on the Pfizer vaccine for children 5 to 11 at

Cortland County adds another death

Cortland County confirmed 23 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, and a second death this week, bringing it to 6,489 cases.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 53 new cases Thursday. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 22,187 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 250.

• The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 417 patients, 145 of them confirmed positive. Six people were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 323 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 164,375 negative test results. The county has reported 84 deaths.

• Tompkins County reported 18 new cases Thursday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 6,723. A total of 2,666,231 tests have been administered. Fifty-nine Tompkins residents have died.

• In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 35 new cases Thursday. Confirmed cases rose to 8,975. The state reports 265,344 tests have been administered. The state reports 107 people have died.

147,302 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department reported Thursday that 26,654 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 55.7% of the county’s total population and 64.7% of its people over 18. A total of 52.2% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 76,034 people have received at least one dose, or 74% of the population and 81.8% of people over 18; 69% are fully vaccinated.

In Cayuga County, 44,614 residents have received at least one dose, or 57.8% of the total population and 67.4% of people over 18; 53.7% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 14.39 million people have received at least one dose, or 74.5% of the state’s population and 87.8% of its people over 18; 66.8% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 78.9% of its people over 18.

Cortland County rate now at 315 per 100,000

Cortland County reported 150 new cases of coronavirus from Oct. 28 to Wednesday, even as Tompkins County’s rate dropped to its lowest level since August.

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 315.25 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, from the CDC:
Cortland: 315.25 — high
Tompkins: 95.91 — substantial
Cayuga: 216.78 — high
Onondaga: 250.15 — high
Broome: 306.06 — high
Chenango: 224.54 — high
Tioga: 396.24 — high
Madison: 219.90 — high