January 20, 2022

Coronavirus briefs 1/11

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Cortland County to distribute test kits Saturday

Cortland County will distribute COVID-19 test kids starting 4 p.m. Saturday at Cortland Junior-Senior High School, the county announced Monday.

The distribution will continue until the kits are gone.

Each vehicle will be limited to one kit, which includes two tests, and will be limited to Cortland County residents; bring photo ID for proof of residency.

The event is a drive-through distribution. Follow traffic signs and stay in your vehicle. The site will be limited to one entrance and one exit.

Cortland County vaccination clinics continue

The Cortland County Health Department, in collaboration with New York state is hosting vaccination clinics this week at the Port Watson Mini Conference Center, 131 Port Watson St.

The clinics will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Those interested can register at www. cortland-co.org/1009/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information.

Cortland County adds 471 new COVID cases

Cortland County confirmed 471 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, bringing its total to 9,467 cases.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 477 new cases Saturday, and one new death. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 35,639 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 287.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 732 patients, 515 of them confirmed positive. Nine people were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 423 people have been hospitalized. The state Health Department reports 249,853 tests have been administered. The county has reported 90 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 335 cases Sunday and Monday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 13,432. The state reports 2,845,541 tests have been administered. Seventy-four Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 319 new cases Sunday and Monday, and one new death. Confirmed cases rose to 12,946. The state reports 310,071 tests have been administered. The state reports 123 people have died.

158,695 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department reports 28,599 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 59.8% of the county’s total population and 67.3% of its people over 18. A total of 56% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 82,051 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, 48,085 residents have received at least one dose, or 62.3% of the total population and 70.4% of people over 18; 57.7% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 15.89 million people have received at least one dose, or 85.4% of the state’s population; 72.5% of the total population is fully vaccinated.

Cortland County rate soars near 1,600 per 100K

Cortland County reported 756 new cases of coronavirus from Jan. 1 to Saturday. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 1,588.87 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: 1,588.87 — high
Tompkins: 1,518.89 — high
Cayuga: 1,577.52 — high
Onondaga: 2,416.14 — high
Broome: 1,675.70 — high
Chenango: 1,262.52 — high
Tioga: 1,472.94 — high
Madison: 1,254.56 — high