May 9 update from Health Department on COVID-19 cases

Linda Rider

The Tompkins County Wellness Section claims there have now been 20,833 complete optimistic cases in Tompkins County, 133 more than on Friday, and a overall of 1,893,574 checks executed. The Health Department is also now reporting good self-examination final results that have been submitted through their on-line portal. They say there are 45 new positive self-test benefits for a overall of 2,698 submitted.

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As of Monday at 8:30am, the Wellbeing Section states 413 assessments were conducted in the former day. The Tompkins County Health and fitness Office publishes NYS vaccine tracking info, showing 84,748 Tompkins County residents have a very first dose and 77,453 have accomplished vaccination (which could be a single or two doses, dependent on vaccine).

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The Health Office states 8 people today are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, two less than in Friday’s update. As of a change in knowledge past wintertime, “TCHD is reporting only energetic circumstances who are hospitalized,” relatively than including patients recovered from COVID who keep on being hospitalized for other reasons.

“Of the modern uptick in hospitalizations, a extensive vast majority have been of vaccinated men and women,” Tompkins County Community Health Director Frank Kruppa tells us, but “of the individuals who are vaccinated and have been hospitalized for COVID-19 relevant reasons, the trend holds that they are mainly more mature older people, age 65+. This info details to the worth of boosters and 2nd boosters for all those age 65+.”

There have been 62 fatalities from COVID-19 recorded between Tompkins County residents, which includes the dying of two spot residents noted in early Could.

On Could 6, Cornell University reported 61 new optimistic cases for Might 5, 159 lively college student instances, and 70 energetic staff cases. Cornell only updates its dashboard on weekdays, and the timing of their updates doesn’t allow a direct comparison to the county’s stats.

As of Could 6, Ithaca Faculty noted 22 active pupil circumstances, with 531 recovered, and nine lively employee scenarios and 229 recovered workforce.

The Health and fitness Division suggests its statistics consist of screening that Cornell University commenced conducting on July 16, 2020. Cornell launched its own COVID-19 info dashboard on August 25, 2020.

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The Wellness Office suggests the public requires to reduce the distribute of COVID-19 not just to guard by themselves, but others in our community who are most susceptible to finding incredibly ill – older adults, all those who are immune-compromised, and all those with fundamental long-term well being situations.

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TCHD’s Frank Kruppa says, “There is a incredibly superior vaccination fee for our local community, especially with the successes that have been reported by our regional schools. In addition to the arrival and surveillance screening, lots of of our new cases are arising from sustained near speak to with a constructive particular person, indicating far more than 10 minutes inside of six feet of a positive case. These close contacts are occurring much more commonly in massive indoor gatherings that blend different teams of people.”

“Over the previous handful of weeks, our efforts have focused on vaccinating our youthful folks and providing booster doses to people who are eligible,” Kruppa suggests. “We are distributing self-assessments and masks in the course of the county as we acquire shipments and thank our neighborhood companions for aiding in this effort and hard work.”

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