January 20, 2022

Coronavirus briefs 1/7

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Self-affirmation forms provided by county

To ease the burden of a high volume of COVID-19 cases which can mean a delay of several days until a contact tracer calls about a positive test result — Cortland County is providing self-affirmations forms to be completed as patients complete isolation and quarantine requirements.

Cortland County Public Health Director Nicole Anjeski said the forms are legal documents and can be used for New York Paid Family Leave, COVID-19 claims, or to satisfy school or employer requirements.

The county also offers an online reporting form if you have a positive home test. The form asks for basic contact information and will be added to the county’s case investigation system.

If you test positive:

  • Isolate for five days.
  • If if you show no symptoms after five days or if you’re getting better, you can end isolation, but wear a mask around other people for another five days.

If you’ve come into close contact with a positive patient you’re not fully vaccinated and boosted:

  • Quarantine for five days and wear a mask around others for five days more.

“As expected, we have received confirmation that the Omicron variant is within our community,” Anjeski said in a release. “It is important for everyone to do their part in decreasing the spread of COVID-19. We encourage everyone to wear a mask when in public places, avoid gatherings, get tested and stay away from others when you have symptoms, and get vaccinated and boosted as soon as you can.”

School districts give test kits

More than 1,000 people got COVID-19 test kits this week from school districts in the greater Cortland area.

“We distributed 866 test kits,” said Bob Edwards, superintendent of Cortland Enlarged City School District. “It was awesome.”

Cincinnatus Central School District will continue to distribute tests from 3 to 5 p.m. today, and then next week from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily at the visitor center until supplies run out, said Superintendent Todd Freeman.

“As of 11:47, we have given out 204 tests,” Freeman said Thursday morning.

Homer Central School District, DeRuyter Central School District and Marathon Central School District also reported parents and families taking advantage of the state-supplied tests.
— Sarah Bullock

Cortland County adds 127 cases

Cortland County confirmed 127 cases of COVID-10 on Thursday, bringing its total to 8,845 cases. Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 534 new cases Thursday, and one death. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 33,565 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 284.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 958 patients, 550 of them confirmed positive. Ten people were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 413 people have been hospitalized. The state Health Department reports 246,952 tests have been administered. The county has reported 90 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 363 cases Thursday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 12,531. The state reports 2,836,892 tests have been administered. Seventy-three Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 171 new cases Thursday, and one new death. Confirmed cases rose to 12,219. The state reports 305,971 tests have been administered. The state reports 121 people have died.

158,319 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department Cortland County reports 28,520 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 55.9% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 81,958 people have received at least one dose, or 79.7% of the population and 84.5% of people over 18; 73.1% are fully vaccinated.

In Cayuga County, 47,841 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, 15.82 million people have received at least one dose, or 84.8% of the state’s population; 72.1% of the total population is fully vaccinated.

Cortland County rate tops 1,100 per 100,000

Cortland County reported 538 new cases of coronavirus from Dec. 29 to Tuesday. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 1,130.7 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: 1,130.70 — high
Tompkins: 1,011.94 — high
Cayuga: 1,107.40 — high
Onondaga: 1,669.61 — high
Broome: 1,188.00 — high
Chenango: 868.52 — high
Tioga: 989.56 — high
Madison: 951.49 — high