For more than three months, the Cayuga County Health Department provided daily COVID-19 updates on the number of cases, tests and other data to help inform the public.
This week, the daily reports come to an end.
The health department is scaling back its situational updates, which were posted on its Facebook page and distributed to media outlets. Once the virus was present in Cayuga County, the department notified the public of new confirmed cases, how many people were in mandatory isolation or quarantine, how many residents were tested and relayed other relevant information, such as advising the public to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
Now that Cayuga County and central New York entered the fourth phase of the state's economic reopening process, the health department will release its situational updates every Monday and Friday. If an "extenuating COVID-19 situation" occurs on another day, the department said it will issue a press release.
The reports allowed the public — and the press — to follow the health department's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and track the number of cases in the county. While there were a few press briefings, the last of which was held in early April, the daily updates were the primary method of notifying county residents that there were new COVID-19 cases.
On Monday, the department reported one new case — a child living in Auburn. There have been 118 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the first was announced March 18.
There are eight people, including the child, who are in mandatory isolation due to a positive test. One patient is hospitalized. Another 29 people are in mandatory quarantine because they had contact with a positive case.
The number of discharges stands at 108. A discharge occurs when a positive case is released from mandatory isolation.
Two COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Cayuga County.
Even though Auburn is the most populous municipality in the county, only 28 of the cases are city residents. Most of the cases (89) live outside of Auburn. The health department hasn't provided updated town-level data, but Genoa and Scipio were among the towns with the most cases. One case is an out-of-state resident who tested positive for COVID-19 while in Cayuga County.
Most of the people who have tested positive for COVID-19 are under age 40. Counting the new case, there are 67 people under age 40 who have been infected with the virus. The highest number of cases are among people in their 20s (28) and 30s (27).
There have been 17 cases in the 40-49 age group and 17 more in their 50s. Ten people in their 60s have contracted, while five cases have been reported in the 70-79 age group. Two people over the age of 80 have tested positive for COVID-19.
Politics reporter Robert Harding can be reached at (315) 282-2220 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @robertharding.
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