Cortland County COVID-19 numbers on the rise

Cortland County has seen a fluctuation in daily COVID-19 positive cases between May 10-23, according to the county health department’s COVID-19 daily update chart.

As of May 23, the daily positivity rate in the county is 1.82%, with a 7-day average of 2.43%. The daily positivity rate in central New York is 1.55% (7-day average of 0.92%). Gov. Cuomo recently announced as of May 22, the daily positivity rate in New York state was 0.77%.

On May 10, the total current positives in the county was at 52. That number skyrocketed three days later to 81 by May 13. 

Current positives reached 88 on May 20, but in the two-week layout, the number never reached the 100-count threshold. In fact, the daily positives count hasn’t hit 100 since March 12 of this year.

The amount of current positives in the two-week stretch saw a daily average of 70.

The county has seen an average of 9.7 daily positives in the past 14 days, totaling to 136 between May 10-23.

The number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 has made a slow, but steady climb from two on May 10 to five on May 23. The total number of hospitalizations and deaths in the county since the beginning of the pandemic is 206 and 63, respectively.

As of May 23, the total number of positives since the pandemic is close to cracking 4,500 (4,493). On the same date, 4,365 county residents have recovered from the virus and 118,773 negative results have been reported.

According to the New York state health department, of the 47,823 residents in the county, about 18,000 of them have completed the vaccination series. Over 21,000 residents have taken at least the first dose (45.2%), with 53.6% of the 18-and-over portion of the population receiving the first dose.

Head to the county’s website for more information on the COVID-19 vaccine.