CORONAVIRUS BRIEFS -- Aug. 19, 2022
Cortland County remained a low risk for coronavirus infection, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, as it lowered the risk levels for Cayuga and Onondaga counties.
Cortland County had 43 new cases of COVID-19 between Aug. 11 and Wednesday, giving it a rate of 90.37 cases per 100,000 people, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
It had a “low” risk, under CDC guidelines. 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:
- 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: 90.37 — low
Tompkins: 135.06 — low
Cayuga: 90.11 — medium
Onondaga: 119.43 — medium
Broome: 111.82 — medium
Chenango: 97.44 — low
Tioga: 107.88 — medium
Madison: 105.72 — low
10 cases reported in Cortland
Cortland County reported 10 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began to 11,990, the state Health Department reports.
Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 34 new cases, the state reported Thursday. The three counties have seen 53,981 cases since the pandemic began in March 2020. The number of people who have died from the virus remains 380.
- One COVID patients was admitted to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center Wednesday, the state Health Department reported Wednesday. The hospital had four COVID patients. Since the pandemic began, 719 Cortland County residents have been hospitalized for COVID; that figure was last updated Aug. 11. The state Health Department reports 295,771 tests have been administered. The state has reported 127 deaths.
- Tompkins County saw 21 new cases, the state Health Department reported Thursday. The number of confirmed cases rose to 23,693. The state reports 3,039,952 tests have been administered. Ninety Tompkins residents have died.
- Cayuga County saw 13 new cases, the state Health Department reported Thursday. Confirmed cases rose to 18,298. The state reports 377,579 tests have been administered, and 163 people have died.