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Ten People Were Hospitalised in an October 21 Update From the Health Department on Covid-19 Cases

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The Tompkins County Health Department says that there have been a total of 24,847 positive cases, which is 17 more than on Thursday, and that 1,946,567 tests have been done. They also report 7 new good self-test results, which brings the total number of good self-test results sent through their online portal to 4,007.

As of 8 a.m. on Friday, the Health Department said that 209 tests had been done the day before. NYS vaccine tracking data is made public by the Tompkins County Health Department.

This data shows that 88,271 Tompkins County residents have received their first dose of vaccination and 80,031 have finished their vaccination (which could be one or two doses, depending on the vaccine).

The Health Department says that 10 people are being treated in hospitals for COVID-19, which is the same number as what they said Thursday. Since last winter, “TCHD is only reporting active cases who are hospitalized,” not COVID patients who stay in the hospital for other reasons.

“Most of the recent increase in hospitalizations have been of vaccinated people,” says Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa.

“However, the trend is that most of the vaccinated people who have been hospitalized because of COVID-19 are older adults age 65 and up.” This study shows how important boosters and second boosters are for people 65 and older.”

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There have been 69 deaths in Tompkins County because of COVID-19, one of which was reported on Friday morning. On September 25, Cornell University said that there were 48 active student cases and 71 active faculty and staff cases. It looks like Cornell has stopped their weekly updates.

Ithaca College had 6 active student cases with 167 recovered and 3 active employee cases with 40 recovered this academic year.

The Health Department says that the public must stop the spread of COVID-19 not only to protect themselves but also to protect those in our community who are most likely to get very sick: older adults, people with weak immune systems, and people with long-term health problems.

“Our community has a very high vaccination rate, especially when you look at what our local universities have done,” says Frank Kruppa of the TCHD.

Aside from arrival and surveillance testing, many of our new cases are the result of prolonged close contact with a positive person. This is defined as spending more than 10 minutes within six feet of a positive case.

In large indoor gatherings of people from all walks of life, these close encounters are happening more and more.”

“Over the last two weeks, we’ve been focusing on vaccinating our kids and giving booster shots to those who need them,” Kruppa says. “As shipments come in, we will give self-tests and masks to people all over the county. We appreciate the help of our community partners.”

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