NYS DOH: Cayuga County residents should wear masks, remains ‘high risk’ for COVID spread

The state Department of Health and local officials are urging Cayuga County residents to wear masks in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The community remains ‘high risk’ in terms of COVID-19 transmission, according to the CDC. The community risk level is based on the county’s rate of new cases, new hospital admissions and the percentage of staffed hospital beds in use.


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Latest data

The latest Cayuga County COVID-19 data, as reported by The Citizen:

Case rate: 215.47 per 100,000 people

New COVID-19 hospital admissions: 18.6 per 100,000 people

Staffed inpatient beds in use by COVID-positive patients: 18.5%

The Cayuga County Health Department reported 17 active COVID cases on Friday, May 13. One Cayuga County resident, a man in his nineties, tested positive for COVID-19 and has passed away.

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Recommendations from state, local officials

State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett asked New York residents to get vaccinated and boosted and get tested if they have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus or are experiening symptoms.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, Cayuga County encourages:

• The use of masks indoors and in public spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
• Staying home when sick.
• Seeking COVID-19 testing for COVID-related symptom(s) that develop.
• Seeking healthcare as needed as treatment options for COVID-19 may be appropriate.

Read the rest of Cayuga County Health Department’s Friday COVID update here.

“These public health measures, as well as ensuring proper air ventilation when gathering, will help reduce COVID-19 transmission in communities and lower the risk of serious illness and hospitalization for individuals,” said state Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett. “We will continue to work with local partners and make every tool at our disposal widely available to New Yorkers as we move forward through the pandemic.”

Related: Majority of Cayuga County COVID-19 deaths were among unvaccinated


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