Round 1 of vaccine distribution begins in CNY

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Central New York got its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines yesterday, arriving at Upstate Medical Center where more than 50 essential workers already received their shot.

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Hospital officials say their current plan is to vaccinate up to 600 people per day.

Upstate is currently the only facility in the region with the vaccine. St. Joe’s does have access to some of those and will get their own batch once a Moderna vaccine is approved.

Both Guthrie Cortland and Auburn Community hospitals remain unclear on when their doses will arrive.

Only hospital workers and nursing home staff/residents are eligible during the first round.

Gradually, it will be expanding to others based on their associated risk level.

For now, testing remains critical, especially for essential workers that don’t yet qualify such as local police, fire and EMS crews.

At last night’s final 2020 meeting of Cortland Common Council, a resolution was approved to purchase $10k worth of testing equipment for the screening of city employees.

Mayor Brian Tobin said proper screenings will become increasingly important over the next month.

“This allows us to fund testing of our employees for 4-5 weeks,” Tobin said. “In particular, with the anticipated problems that may result from people gathering over the holidays — this will be crucial to keeping everyone safe.”

Cortland County reported 28 new cases and added two hospitalizations yesterday.

That totals 309 active positives and 19 people in the hospital. Over 1,700 remain on-watch by the health department.

Cayuga County is approaching 500 active cases, with officials now reporting 484.

Madison County has 407 and Onondaga County more than 3,700.

Stay up to date with daily COVID-19 numbers across the region on this page.

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