13 people in Cortland County tested positive for COVID on Monday, according to the NYS Department of Health.
The Central New York 7-day average is 53 cases per 100-thousand people, still the highest in the state, and nearly double the state average.
State Health provided more facts on why Central New York is experiencing such an increase in COVID cases.
Two Omicron subvariants now account for more than 80% of infections in our state. It spreads rapidly but is not considered more severe.
State health says the variants are likely behind the Central New York jump and are the first reports in the U-S of significant community spread due to the new subvariants.