January 20, 2022

Coronavirus briefs 12/3

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Greek Peak takes part in ski-free vaccine incentive

Greek Peak Mountain Resort is taking part in a state program that Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday: a “Ski for Free” COVID-19 vaccine incentive sweepstakes.

The sweepstakes are for kids 5 to 11 and booster shot recipients.

For six weeks, New Yorkers will be able to enter a random drawing for free lift tickets to participating mountains, thanks to Ski Areas of New York and the Olympic Regional Development Authority.

“Our new ‘Ski for Free’ incentive for children and booster recipients allows New Yorkers to take full advantage of our state’s incredible mountains while protecting themselves and their loved ones from this pandemic,” Hochul said. “The vaccine is our best weapon in the fight against COVID-19 and we need to encourage every eligible New Yorker to get their shot, whether it be a first dose, second dose, or booster.”

Tickets awarded through the ‘Ski for Free’ Sweepstakes can be used any time during the 2021-2022 season Contestants can pick their region of choice. Participating mountains in each region:

West: Greek Peak, Holiday Valley, Bristol and Woods Valley.
East: Whiteface, Gore, Belleayre, Windham and West.

Cortland County adds 31 cases

Cortland County confirmed 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total to 7,054 cases.
Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 133 new cases Thursday. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 24,405 across Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties since the pandemic began in March 2020. The number of people who have died from the virus remains 261.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 377 patients, 156 of them confirmed positive. Eight people were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 351 people have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 175,448 negative test results. The county has reported 87 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 70 new cases Thursday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 7,501. The state reports 2,743,251 had been tested. Sixty-one Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 63 new cases Thursday. Confirmed cases rose to 9,850. The state reports 281,438 people had been tested. The state reports 113 people have died.

154,338 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department reports 27,582 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 57.7% of the county’s total population and 65.5% of its people over 18. A total of 53.2% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 80,590 people have received at least one dose, or 78.4% of the population and 83.5% of people over 18; 71.6% are fully vaccinated.

In Cayuga County, 46,166 residents have received at least one dose, or 59.8% of the total population and 68.3% of people over 18; 54.6% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 14.95 million people have received at least one dose, or 78.4% of the state’s population and 91% of its people over 18; 68.6% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 80.8% of its people over 18.

Cortland County rate now at 233 per 100,000

Cortland County reported 111 new cases of coronavirus from Nov. 24 to Tuesday.

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 233.29 new cases per 100,000 people over the past week.

Cortland 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: 208.07 — high
Tompkins: 194.75 — high
Cayuga: 278.16 — high
Onondaga: 287.28 — high
Broome: 315.51 — high
Chenango: 315.63 — high
Tioga: 369.27 — high
Madison: 308.71 — high