Spike causes delays in contact tracing
Because of a spike in new COVID-19 cases, expect a one- or two-day delay in hearing from a Cortland County Health Department case investigator and state contact tracers if you test positive for COVID-19 or have been informed that you’ve been in close contact, the department announced Thursday.
If you receive a positive test result, isolate yourself at home. If you’re informed you may have been in contact with a positive individual, monitor yourself for symptoms, the county suggests. If you take a home test that shows a positive result, call the health department at 607-753-5526 to report it.
The county has not identified a large cluster of cases, but has reported cases in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students, school staff, workplaces and households.
To reduce the risk, the department suggests getting vaccinated, wearing a mask when in public indoor spaces and limiting time in crowds.
If you find yourself symptomatic, stay home and get tested, it suggests.
It also recommends getting a flu vaccine, which everyone over 6 months can get through a pharmacy.
Cortland County adds 36 new cases
Cortland County confirmed 36 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing its total to 7,239 cases.
Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 132 new cases Wednesday. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 25,293 across Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties since the pandemic began in March 2020. The number of people who have died from the virus remains 263.
- The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 589 patients, 198 of them confirmed positive. Seven people were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 357 people have been hospitalized. The state Health Department reports 233,459 tests have been administered. The county has reported 87 deaths.
- Tompkins County reported 73 new cases Thursday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 7,846. The state reports 2,761,432 had been tested. Sixty-one Tompkins residents have died.
- In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 59 new cases Thursday. Confirmed cases rose to 10,208. The state reports 285,847 people had been tested. The state reports 115 people have died.
154,959 get COVID vaccine in 3 counties
The state Health Department reports 27,726 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 58% of the county’s total population and 65.7% of its people over 18. A total of 53.6% of the county has been fully vaccinated.
In Tompkins County, 80,854 people have received at least one dose, or 78.7% of the population and 83.7% of people over 18; 72.7% are fully vaccinated.
In Cayuga County, 46,379 residents have received at least one dose, or 60.1% of the total population and 68.5% of people over 18; 55% are fully vaccinated.
Statewide, 15.08 million people have received at least one dose, or 79.5% of the state’s population and 91.9% of its people over 18; 69.2% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 81.2% of its people over 18.
Cortland County rate now at 410 per 100K
Cortland County reported 195 new cases of coronavirus from Dec. 2 to Wednesday.
The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 409.83 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: 409.83 — high
Tompkins: 334.70 — high
Cayuga: 472.73 — high
Onondaga: 497.26 — high
Broome: 519.72 — high
Chenango: 620.67 — high
Tioga: 593.32 — high
Madison: 531.43 — high