January 15 update from the Department of Health on COVID-19 cases

The Tompkins County Health Department says there are now 15,222 total positive cases in Tompkins County, 247 more than Friday, with a total of 1,747,111 tests performed. They also say 14,035 patients are listed as released from isolation after testing positive, 336 new recoveries, leaving 1,137 active cases.

The Department of Health is also now reporting positive self-test results that have been submitted through its online portal. They say there are 25 new positive self-test results today for a total of 1,131 submitted.

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“This unprecedented increase in cases will force us all to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa said Sunday. “These cases are the result of regular daily activity, and while we want things to return to normal, we need to do what we know works to stop the spread. Please wear a mask, avoid gatherings with other people, and get vaccinated and boosted as soon as you can.

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The Department of Health says recent cases show significant community spread – more than 50% of cases are unable to trace where they may have been infected. There is significant spread in households among families and at gatherings, and at large gatherings and parties where precautions are not followed. “A majority of these new cases concern students in higher education,” they add.

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As of 7:30 a.m. Saturday, the Department of Health said 1,809 tests had been carried out since the last update. The Tompkins County Health Department releases NYS vaccine tracking information showing that 82,249 Tompkins County residents received a first dose and 75,355 completed the vaccination (which may be one or two doses, depending on the vaccine).

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The Department of Health says 16 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, one less than in Friday’s update. Following a data change last winter, “TCHD only reports hospitalized active cases,” rather than including recovered COVID patients who remain hospitalized for other reasons.

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Samantha Hillson of the Health Department tells us that ‘released from isolation’ means the patient has been released after the ‘mandatory ten-day period’, but can be longer if people are still showing symptoms or other complications. Patients are not necessarily negative, as “people can be positive for up to 90 days.”

There have been 50 recorded COVID-19 deaths among Tompkins County residents, including the death of an area resident reported Friday morning. (Two deaths recorded in Tompkins County last spring were among nonresidents, and the Department of Health provides separate statistics.)

Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa said, “Of the recent increase in hospitalizations, a large majority have been in unvaccinated people. Of the few vaccinated people who have been hospitalized, the trend is that they were admitted for a non-COVID issue and tested positive upon admission.

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On January 14, Cornell University reported 86 new positive cases for January 13, 124 student cases this week, with a positivity rate of 5.38%. Cornell only updates its dashboard on weekdays, and their update schedule does not allow for direct comparison with county statistics.

As of January 13, Ithaca College has reported 1 active student case, with 338 recovered cases, 14 active employee cases, and 81 recovered employee cases.

“All positive cases are unique individuals,” says the Ministry of Health. Some of the negative test results are from people who need to be tested multiple times, and so this tally is likely to reflect the same person multiple times in many cases.

The health department says its statistics include tests that Cornell University began performing last summer on July 16. Cornell launched its own COVID-19 data dashboard last summer on August 25.

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The Department of Health says the public must prevent the spread of COVID-19 not only to protect themselves, but also for other members of our community who are most likely to get seriously ill – the elderly, the immunocompromised and people with underlying chronic conditions. health conditions. Everyone can take these steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 and “flatten the curve” in our community.

Frank Kruppa of TCHD says, “There is a very high vaccination rate in our community, especially with the successes that have been reported by our local colleges. In addition to arrival and surveillance testing, many of our new cases result from sustained close contact with a positive person, i.e. more than 10 minutes within six feet of a case. positive. These close contacts occur more frequently during large indoor gatherings that mix different groups of people.

“Tompkins County is now in the ‘high’ transmission rate as defined by the CDC,” the Department of Health says. “A high transmission rate occurs when there are more than 100 positive cases per 100,000 population over a seven-day period. The advisory for county residents to wear a mask indoors while around other people continues to be in place.

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