January 27, 2022

Coronavirus briefs 1/6

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SUNY Cortland to open testing site Friday

SUNY Cortland will host a free, state-run COVID-19 testing site for the general public starting Friday, the college announced Wednesday.

The site, located at 1096 Lankler Drive in the Carl A. “Chugger” Davis Building on the west side of campus will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Parking will be available in the Stadium West parking lot, located just west of the stadium complex on Lankler Drive and noted as “S-68” on the campus map.

Appointments may be made online through Quadrant Biosciences. A limited number of walk-ups may be accepted.

This is an oral, saliva-based PCR test. Results may take a few days to return.

Those arriving for testing should know:

  • Face coverings will be required.
  • Do not brush your teeth or use mouthwash an hour before the test.
  • Do not eat, drink, smoke, vape or use tobacco products 30 minutes before the test.
  • Bring legal identification.

The college is one of 10 SUNY campuses and Syracuse University to open testing sites.

Cortland County adds 88 cases

Cortland County confirmed 88 cases of COVID-10 on Wednesday, bringing its total to 8,718 cases.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 401 new cases Wednesday, and one death. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 32,904 across Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties since the pandemic began in March 2020. The number of people who have died from the virus rose to 283.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 831 patients, 501 of them confirmed positive. Ten people were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 412 people have been hospitalized. The state Health Department reports 245,709 tests have been administered. The county has reported 90 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 205 cases Wednesday, and one new death reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 12,168. The state reports 2,831,943 tests have been administered. Seventy-three Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 196 new cases Wednesday. Confirmed cases rose to 12,048. The state reports 303,604 tests have been administered. The state reports 120 people have died.

158,233 receive COVID vaccine

The state Health Department reports 28,516 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 59.6% of the county’s total population and 67.2% of its people over 18. A total of 55.8% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 81,897 people have received at least one dose, or 79.7% of the population and 84.4% of people over 18; 73.1% are fully vaccinated.

In Cayuga County, 47,820 residents have received at least one dose, or 62% of the total population and 70.2% of people over 18; 57.5% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 15.8 million people have received at least one dose, or 84.6% of the state’s population; 72% of the total population is fully vaccinated.

Cortland County rate tops 1,000 per 100,000

Cortland County reported 507 new cases of coronavirus from Dec. 29 to Tuesday, meaning more than 1% of Cortland County’s population has contracted COVID-19 in the past week.

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 1,065.55 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: 1,065.55 — high
Tompkins: 913.09 — high
Cayuga: 1,035.57 — high
Onondaga: 1,448.99 — high
Broome: 1,180.65 — high
Chenango: 788.02 — high
Tioga: 1,033.13 — high
Madison: 1,005.06 — high

Vaccination rates by ZIP

Here are the percentage of people who have at least one dose of vaccine for COVID-19, by ZIP code. By comparison, 74.2% of New York residents have received at least one dose of vaccine:

13863 Willet 32.9%
13158 Truxton 49.5%
13118 Moravia 53.7%
13803 Marathon 54.3%
13045 Cortland 59.0%
13040 Cincinnatus 59.9%
13092 Locke 60.9%
13101 McGraw 62.8%
13053 Dryden 64.8%
13077 Homer 65.7%
13141 Preble 66.7%
13073 Groton 67.4%
13068 Freeville 74.9%
13784 Harford 90.8%
13062 Etna 100.0%
13087 Little York 100.0%
13102 McLean 100.0%