Quarantine, isolation rules change in NY
Counties across New York are changing their requirements for isolation and quarantine, reducing them to five days following new guidance from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Health Department.
The Cortland County Health Departments that people who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate themselves in their homes for five days, except to seek medical care. If you live with other people, limit yourself to one room that can be closed. Try to use a separate bathroom.
If you have no symptoms after five days, continue to wear a mask around other people for at least another five days.
Inform close contacts that they may have been exposed. A close contact is defined as someone who was: within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over 24 hours in the period two days before symptoms began or a test specimen was taken until the time the case was isolated.
If you must quarantine pending the results of a COVID-19 test, follow the same procedure until you have test results. However, close contacts who have been fully vaccinated and boosted do not need to quarantine.
To report the results of a home COVID test:
• Cortland County: Go to tinyurl.com/bdez9za7
• Tompkins County: Go to tinyurl.com/mr3mxudd
• Cayuga County: Submit your test result to the Cayuga County Health Department by calling 315-253-1560 and follow the prompts or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cortland County adds 152 cases
Cortland County confirmed 152 cases of COVID on Friday bringing its total to 8,997 cases. Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 497 new cases Friday. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 34,214 across Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties since the pandemic began in March 2020. The number of people who have died from the virus remains 284.
• The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 1,144 patients, 653 of them confirmed positive. Nine people were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 418 people have been hospitalized. The state Health Department reports 247,560 tests have been administered. The county has reported 90 deaths.
• Tompkins County reported 282 cases Friday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 12,813. The state reports 2,839,560 tests have been administered. Seventy-three Tompkins residents have died.
• In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 215 new cases Friday. Confirmed cases rose to 12,434. The state reports 307,078 tests have been administered. The state reports 121 people have died.
158,431 receive COVID vaccine
The state Health Department reports 28,541 Cortland County residents have received at least
one dose of COVID vaccine, or 59.7% of the county’s total population and 67.3% of its people over 18. A total of 55.9% of the county has been fully vaccinated.
In Tompkins County, 81,975 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, 47,915 residents have received at least one dose, or 62.1% of the total population and 70.3% of people over 18; 57.6% are fully vaccinated.
Statewide, 15.84 million people have received at least one dose, or 84.9% of the state’s population; 72.2% of the total population is fully vaccinated.
Cortland County rate near 1,200 per 100,000
Cortland County reported 565 new cases of coronavirus from Dec. 30 to Thursday.
The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 1,187.45 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: 1,187.45 — high
Tompkins: 1,180.27 — high
Cayuga: 1,181.83 — high
Onondaga: 1,784.69 — high
Broome: 1,306.64 — high
Chenango: 1,023.15 — high
Tioga: 1,060.10 — high
Madison: 1,021.98 — high