Chairman Heider: “We’re fighting like hell to get more vaccines to Cortland County”

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COVID-19 deaths in Cortland County reached 60 yesterday, with the report of one new fatality in a recently hospitalized resident.

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Local phase one vaccinations continue to drudge along at the mercy of limited allocations from the state.

Giving an update on the daily battle at last night’s county legislative session was chairman Paul Heider:

“We’ve requested over 5,000 vaccines in the last four weeks and received only 300. On a daily basis, we fight like hell with them to get more, especially for those over 7k elderly folks in our community who need it most.”

The county and Guthrie Cortland Medical Center send a combined order each week to the DOH. Appointments can then be made only once they know how many doses will actually arrive in each shipment.

Pharmacies and other providers in the area face similar challenges with securing their supply.

Local health officials are managing a daily influx of calls from concerned residents, along with their primary task of contacting residents for potential exposures.

“Isolation calls average out to anywhere from 170-250 per day,” said Nikole Hurlbert from the CCHD. “This does not include case investigation calls that need to made throughout the day, which generally can take longer.”

Call (607) 756-3415 for the county’s helpline, set up to help with any general questions on COVID-19 in the community.

Cortland County is part of the CNY Regional Vaccination Network, headed by Upstate University Hospital.

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