May 20 update from Health Department on COVID-19 cases

Linda Rider

The Tompkins County Well being Department says there have now been 21,450 overall good instances in Tompkins County, 61 extra than on Thursday, and a full of 1,901,287 checks done. The Well being Section is also now reporting constructive self-test results that have been submitted via their on line portal. They say there are nine new positive self-check effects considering that Friday for a overall of 2,875 submitted.

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As of Friday at 8:30am, the Wellbeing Section suggests 808 checks had been performed in the past working day. The Tompkins County Wellbeing Division publishes NYS vaccine monitoring data, exhibiting 85,053 Tompkins County citizens have a initial dose and 77,701 have completed vaccination (which could be one or two doses, depending on vaccine).

Linked: A lot of are eligible for 2nd booster or added doses, claims Wellbeing Division

The Health and fitness Department states 5 individuals are presently hospitalized for COVID-19, two less than in Thursday’s update. As of a change in details very last wintertime, “TCHD is reporting only energetic instances who are hospitalized,” somewhat than together with individuals recovered from COVID who continue to be hospitalized for other explanations.

“Of the modern uptick in hospitalizations, a extensive the vast majority have been of vaccinated folks,” Tompkins County Public Health and fitness Director Frank Kruppa tells us, but “of the people today who are vaccinated and have been hospitalized for COVID-19 associated good reasons, the development retains that they are mostly more mature adults, age 65+. This info details to the relevance of boosters and 2nd boosters for individuals age 65+.”

There have been 62 deaths from COVID-19 recorded among the Tompkins County citizens, which includes the death of two location residents reported in early May possibly.

On May possibly 19, Cornell University noted 72 new positive circumstances for May possibly 18, 272 energetic university student cases, and 56 active worker cases. Cornell only updates its dashboard on weekdays, and the timing of their updates doesn’t permit a direct comparison to the county’s stats.

As of Could 19, Ithaca Higher education claimed 6 active scholar instances, with 571 recovered, and 8 lively personnel cases and 245 recovered personnel.

The Well being Section says its figures contain screening that Cornell College began conducting on July 16, 2020. Cornell introduced its have COVID-19 info dashboard on August 25, 2020.

Connected: New Cornell COVID-19 dashboard reveals check success and inform stage

The Well being Department suggests the community needs to stop the spread of COVID-19 not just to guard them selves, but many others in our local community who are most vulnerable to acquiring extremely unwell – older grown ups, these who are immune-compromised, and those with fundamental continual wellness situations.

Related: BA.2 variant probable, but not verified, between “ebbs and flows” of Tompkins circumstances, says Health and fitness Office

TCHD’s Frank Kruppa claims, “There is a very substantial vaccination rate for our community, especially with the successes that have been described by our area schools. In addition to the arrival and surveillance tests, lots of of our new cases are arising from sustained shut contact with a favourable person, this means additional than 10 minutes in six ft of a good scenario. These close contacts are happening much more frequently in huge indoor gatherings that mix different groups of individuals.”

“Over the earlier couple of weeks, our efforts have centered on vaccinating our younger people and providing booster doses to individuals who are suitable,” Kruppa suggests. “We are distributing self-exams and masks in the course of the county as we obtain shipments and thank our group companions for assisting in this energy.”

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