Current information from the Department of Health on cases of COVID-19 as of July 11

The Tompkins County Health Department says there are now a total of 22,619 positive cases in Tompkins County, up 41 from Friday, and a total of 1,921,355 tests have been done. The Department of Health also reports positive self-test results that have been submitted through their online portal. They say there are 15 new positive self-test results out of a total of 3,245 submitted.

Related: TCHD: If you test positive on a home test

As of 8:30 a.m. Monday, the Department of Health says 185 tests had been done in the previous day. The Tompkins County Health Department released New York vaccine tracking information showing that 86,982 Tompkins County residents received their first dose and 79,055 completed vaccination (which could be one or two doses, depending on the vaccine).

Related: Many eligible for second booster or extra doses, says Department of Health

The Department of Health says three people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, one more than Friday’s update. Since a data change last winter, “TCHD only reports active cases who are hospitalized,” rather than including patients recovered from COVID who remain hospitalized for other reasons.

“Of the recent spike in hospitalizations, the vast majority have been vaccinated individuals,” Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa tells us, but “of individuals who are vaccinated and hospitalized for reasons related to COVID-19, the trend is continuing that they are mostly elderly people aged 65+. These data point to the importance of boosters and second boosters for those aged 65+.”

Related: CDC, FDA clear vaccines for 6 months and up, Health Department says

There have been 63 deaths from COVID-19 among Tompkins County residents, including the death of an area resident reported in mid-June.

On July 4, Cornell University reported 26 active student cases and 35 active faculty and staff cases. Cornell has moved to weekly updates and the timing of their updates does not allow direct comparison to county statistics.

As of June 29, Ithaca College reported one active student case, with 593 recoveries, and three active staff cases and 268 recoveries.

The Department of Health says the public needs to prevent the spread of COVID-19 not only to protect themselves, but also others in our community who are most vulnerable to getting very sick – older people, people with weakened immune systems and people with underlying chronic health conditions.

Related: BA.2 variant likely, but not confirmed, amid ‘ebb and flow’ of Tompkins cases, Health Department says

TCHD’s Frank Krupa says, “There is a very high vaccination rate for our community, especially with the successes reported by our local colleges. In addition to arrival testing and surveillance, many of our new cases arise from prolonged close contact with a positive individual, meaning more than 10 minutes within six feet of a positive case. These close contacts occur more often in large indoor gatherings that mix different groups of people.

“For the past few weeks, our efforts have been focused on vaccinating our young people and providing booster doses to those who are eligible,” says Krupa. “We are distributing self-tests and masks throughout the county as we receive shipments, and we thank our community partners for assisting in this effort.”

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