January 20, 2022

Coronavirus briefs 12/11

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Tompkins County announces delays in contact tracing

A day after Cortland County health officials warned a sharp increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases was causing delays in contact tracing, the Tompkins County Health Department issued the same warning Friday.

If you are awaiting test results, please follow instructions from the healthcare provider, and check the patient portal for your results, the department advises. If you are made aware of a positive test before you are contacted by the health department, please isolate at home and away from others in your home.

“Due to the increased number of cases, the Health Department is not able to reach every case within 24 hours of tests resulting,” Public Health Director Frank Kruppa said. “You will be contacted, but until you are, please isolate at home and away from those in your home.”

Most of the cases in Tompkins County are mild, he said, because the county has a relatively high vaccination rate — more than 72% of the county’s population is fully vaccinated. Still 10 people were hospitalized Friday.

“I urge everyone to take precautions and evaluate individual risk, especially if you or others around you are immunocompromised, unvaccinated or have other medical conditions,” he said.

Cayuga County monitors COVID spike

A post-Thanksgiving spike in COVID-19 cases in Cayuga County has infected nearly 600 people, 70% of whom have not been vaccinated, the Cayuga County Health Department reported Friday.

Of the 599 confirmed cases from Nov. 26 to Wednesday, 142 were among children.

“As we find ourselves two weeks removed from Thanksgiving and two weeks until the Christmas and New Year’s festivities, now is a vital time to practice safe behaviors in order to best protect our friends, families and neighbors so we can enjoy the holiday season,” the department said in a statement.

If you haven’t been vaccinated, get vaccinated, the department advises. “It is the best tool we have to combat the severity of symptoms and transmission of the virus,” it states.

Also, wear a mask indoors, stay 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds and get tested to prevent the spread.

Vaccines are available through the Cayuga County Health Department, healthcare providers, pharmacies, and state-run vaccination sites.

For details, go to www.cayugacounty.us/ health.

Cortland County adds 46 new cases, 1 death

Cortland County confirmed 56 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, and one new death, bringing its total to 7,285 cases.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 175 new cases Friday, and two new deaths. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 25,524 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 266.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 580 patients, 231 of them confirmed positive. Five people were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 357 people have been hospitalized. The state Health Department reports 234,041 tests have been administered. The county has reported 88 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 103 new cases Friday, and two new deaths, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 7,949. The state reports 2,764,659 had been tested. Sixtythree Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 72 new cases Friday. Confirmed cases rose to 10,280. The state reports 286,658 people had been tested. The state reports 115 people have died.

155,077 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department reports 27,740 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 58% of the county’s total population and 65.8% of its people over 18. A total of 53.8% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 80,915 people have received at least one dose, or 78.7% of the population and 83.8% of people over 18; 72.7% are fully vaccinated.

In Cayuga County, 46,422 residents have received at least one dose, or 60.2% of the total population and 68.5% of people over 18; 55.2% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 15.11 million people have received at least one dose, or 79.7% of the state’s population and 92.1% of its people over 18; 69.3% of the total population is fully vaccinated, as is 81.3% of its people over 18.

Cortland County rate tops 500 per 100K

Cortland County reported 239 new cases of coronavirus from Dec. 3 to Thursday.

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 502.30 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: 502.30 — high
Tompkins: 337.64 — high
Cayuga: 467.51 — high
Onondaga: 490.31 — high
Broome: 518.14 — high
Chenango: 624.91 — high
Tioga: 649.34 — high
Madison: 479.27 — high