Coronavirus Briefs - May 14, 2022

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Cortland County: 21 new cases

Cortland County saw 21 new cases of COVID-19, the state Health Department reported Friday, bringing the county to a total of 11,386 cases since the pandemic began.

Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 108 new cases, the state reported Friday. The three counties have seen 49,992 cases since the pandemic began in March 2020. The number of people who have died from the virus remains 357.

- One new COVID patient was admitted to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center on Wednesday, the state reported Friday. The hospital had three COVID patients. Since the pandemic began, 667 Cortland County residents have been hospitalized for COVID. The state Health Department reports 283,592 tests have been administered. The state has reported 120 deaths.

- Tompkins County saw 70 new cases, the state Health Department reported Tuesday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 21,214. The state reports 3,005,400 tests have been administered. Eighty-five Tompkins residents have died.

- Cayuga County 17 new cases, the state Health Department reported Tuesday. Confirmed cases rose to 17,392. The state reports 359,790 tests have been administered, and 152 people have died.

Cortland County rate now at 290 cases per 100K

Cortland County reported 138 new cases of coronavirus from May 5 to Wednesday. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 290.03 new cases per 100,000 people over the past week.

Under metrics and guidance from the CDC — which take into account the number of new cases in a week, the number of hospitalizations and hospital capacity — Cortland County was listed as having a “high risk” of transmission. Tompkins and Cayuga counties are also high risk:

- In counties with a “high risk,” wearing a mask in indoor public places is still recommended.

- In counties with a “medium risk,” people with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask. People at a high risk for severe illness should consult their healthcare provider about the need for a mask or other precautions.

- In counties with a “low risk,” no additional precautions beyond staying up to date with vaccines and getting tested if one has symptoms are recommended.

The rates and risk, from the CDC:

Cortland: 290.03 — high
Tompkins: 485.42 — high
Cayuga: 215.47 — high
Onondaga: 287.93 — high
Broome: 373.25 — high
Chenango: 256.32 — medium
Tioga: 423.21 — high
Madison: 263.6 — high

170,155 receive COVID vaccine

The state Health Department reports 30,061 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 63.2% of the county’s total population. A total of 59.5% of the county has been fully vaccinated, and 78% of the eligible population has received a booster.

In Tompkins County, 91,774 people have received at least one dose, or 89.8% of the population; 79.8% are fully vaccinated. and 84.3% of the eligible population has been boosted.

In Cayuga County, 48,320 residents have received at least one dose, or 63.1% of the population; 59.4% are fully vaccinated and 59.4% of the eligible population has been boosted.

Across the state, 17.58 million people have received at least one dose, or 90.4% of the population. A total of 77.1% have received two doses.