Ministry of Health February 23 update on COVID-19 cases

The Tompkins County Health Department says there are now 17,639 total positive cases in Tompkins County, 30 more than Tuesday, and a total of 1,821,197 tests performed. The Department of Health has changed its data reporting and will no longer include active cases or released isolation statistics, and will not have updates over the weekend.

The Department of Health is also now reporting positive self-test results that have been submitted through its online portal. They say there are three new positive self-test results today for a total of 1,694 submitted.

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

As of 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, the Department of Health said 1,336 tests had been carried out the previous day. The Tompkins County Health Department releases NYS vaccine tracking information showing that 83,796 Tompkins County residents received a first dose and 76,317 completed the vaccination (which may be one or two doses, depending on the vaccine).

The Department of Health says eight people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, one more than in Tuesday’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.

There have been 57 recorded COVID-19 deaths among Tompkins County residents, including the deaths of two area residents reported last Thursday morning.

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.

On February 22, Cornell University reported 10 new positive cases for February 21, 70 active student cases and 7 active employee cases. Cornell only updates its dashboard on weekdays, and their update schedule does not allow for direct comparison with county statistics.

As of February 22, Ithaca College has reported 36 active student cases, including 376 recovered cases, 5 active employee cases, and 145 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 on July 16, 2020. Cornell launched its own COVID-19 data dashboard on August 25, 2020.

Related: New Cornell COVID-19 Dashboard Shows Test Results and Alert Level

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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