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County retains lowest infection rates in CNY

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Cortland County continues to report the lowest infection rates in Central New York and much of the state, with yesterday the 11th straight day without a new case report.

That number remains at a total of 32 to-date, with now almost the same amount of fully recovered patients at 31.

One person is still hospitalized at this time.

County health officials have also gotten back more than 1,000 negative test results back and continue to monitor 16 other individuals.

A new map developed by Facebook using data from Carnegie Mellon’s Delphi Research Center estimates the amount of residents with COVID symptoms in each county across the U.S. – and Cortland’s are so low they don’t even register.

That’s right. Zero-point-zero.

The same survey approximated around 0.12% of Tompkins County residents to be showing symptoms and 0.14% of those in Onondaga County., while Tioga, Broome, and Chenango Counties reported some of the highest rates in the immediate area at 0.48%, 0.55% and 0.74%, respectively.

When organized by hospital region, the Syracuse area registers at a combined 0.31%.

Again, percentages are based on the number of residents with symptoms, not confirmed cases.













(Facebook doesn’t receive, collect or store individual survey responses and the map isn’t intended for diagnostic, treatment, or tracing purposes)

Meanwhile, in order to continue helping local communities fight the pandemic, millions of federal assistance dollars were recently allocated to area hospitals in the most recent round of funding through the federal CARES Act.

  • Cayuga Medical Center – $4,551,000
  • Guthrie Cortland Medical Center – $1,745,000
  • Crouse Health – $8,110,000
  • St. Joseph’s (Syracuse) – $11,462,000
  • Upstate University Hospital – $20,305,000
    (district includes Upstate University Hospital and Community Divisions)

Funding was allocated to support each hospital’s effort to combat COVID-19 in their communities, including enhanced testing capabilities.

Results from the second phase of a statewide testing survey estimate around 15% of the New York population has developed COVID-19 antibodies, an increase of a full percentage point since phase one results found that number to be roughly 14%.

Governor Cuomo says the state will now expand that survey to further determine the spread of infections among frontline workers, essential employees and first responders.

As of this past Saturday, that group’s now required to receive regular diagnostic testing even if they aren’t symptomatic.

Cuomo reaffirmed a familiar message yesterday about ramped up testing being crucial to an eventual phased re-opening, in that it provides helpful data on the rates of infection and recovery across the state.

“The NYS on PAUSE regulations are set to expire statewide on May 15th and some regions may be ready to begin re-opening at that time, but we have to be smart about it and make sure each industry and business is putting the necessary precautions in place so the infection rate doesn’t go back up,” Cuomo said. “Antibody and diagnostic testing will be a key component of our phased re-opening because it tells us the people who were infected and have now resolved, as well as the overall infection rate across the state.”

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