January 27, 2022

Coronavirus briefs 1/10

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Guthrie among 40 hospitals ordered to curtail surgeries

The state has ordered 40 hospitals — including Guthrie Cortland Medical Center — to stop non-essential, non-urgent elective surgeries to make capacity for COVID-19 cases, the state Department of Health announced Saturday.

“We will use every available tool to help ensure that hospitals can manage the COVID-19 winter surge,” said acting Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “I want to remind New Yorkers that getting vaccinated and boosted remain the best way to protect against serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19.

Vaccination also protects our hospital system. We cannot return to the early months of the pandemic when hospitals were overwhelmed.”

Among the 40 hospitals, every facility in Central New York, the Finger Lakes and the Mohawk Valley must stop elective surgeries, including:

  • Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.
  • Crouse Hospital
  • Oneida Health Hospital
  • Oswego Hospital
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center
  • University Hospital SUNY Health Science Center
  • Upstate University Hospital at Community General
  • Auburn Community Hospital
  • Community Memorial Hospital Inc.

These procedures are considered essential and are not covered under the Executive Order:
cancer (including diagnostic procedure of suspected cancer), neurosurgery, intractable pain, highly symptomatic patients, transplants, trauma, cardiac with symptoms, limb threatening vascular procedures, dialysis vascular access, and patients that are at a clinically high risk of harm if their procedures are not completed.

158,523 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department reports 28,568 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 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, 81,985 people have received at least one dose, or 79.8% of the population and 84.5% of people over 18; 73.2% are fully vaccinated.
  • In Cayuga County, 47,970 residents have received at least one dose, or 62.2% of the total population and 70.3% of people over 18; 57.6% are fully vaccinated.
  • Statewide, 15.86 million people have received at least one dose, or 85.1% of the state’s population; 72.3% of the total population is fully vaccinated.

Tompkins, Cayuga counties add 477 new cases, 2 deaths

Cortland County has not updated its COVID data since Friday, when it confirmed 152 cases of COVID-19, bringing its total to 8,997 cases.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 477 new cases Saturday, and two new deaths. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 34,691 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 286.

  • 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 284 cases Saturday, and one death, according to the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 13,097. The state reports 2,842,605 tests have been administered. Seventy-four Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 193 new cases Saturday, and one death. Confirmed cases rose to 12,627. The state reports 307,078 tests have been administered. The state reports 122 people have died.

Cortland County rate tops 1,200 per 100,000

Cortland County reported 580 new cases of coronavirus from Dec. 31 to Friday. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 1,218.97 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: 1,218.97 — high
Tompkins: 1,240.95 — high
Cayuga: 1,325.48 — high
Onondaga: 2,003.79 — high
Broome: 1,409.01 — high
Chenango: 1,031.63 — high
Tioga: 1,184.57 — high
Madison: 1,027.61 — high