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September 15 update from the Ministry of Health on COVID-19 cases

September 15 update from the Ministry of Health on COVID-19 cases
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The Tompkins County Health Department says there are now a total of 24,053 positive cases in Tompkins County, 21 more than on Wednesday, and a total of 1,938,359 tests have been conducted. The health department is now also reporting positive self-test results submitted through their online portal. They say there are 12 new positive self-test results for a total of 3,719 submitted.

Related: TCHD: If You Test Positive on a Home Test

At 7:45 a.m. Thursday, the health ministry said 325 tests had been conducted the previous day. The Tompkins County Health Department publishes NYS vaccine tracking information showing that 88,192 Tompkins County residents received a first dose and 79,873 completed vaccination (which can be one or two doses, depending on the vaccine).

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Related: Many Qualify for a Second Booster or Additional Doses, Health Ministry Says

The health department says seven people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, the same since Tuesday’s update. Since a shift in data last winter, TCHD only reports active cases that have been hospitalized, rather than including patients who have recovered from COVID and remain in the hospital for other reasons.

“Of the recent surge in hospital admissions, the vast majority have been vaccinated individuals,” said Frank Kruppa, director of Tompkins County Public Health, but “of those vaccinated and hospitalized for COVID-19-related reasons , continues the trend. that they are largely older adults aged 65 and over. These data point to the importance of boosters and 2nd boosters for the over-65s.”

Related: CDC and FDA Have Authorized Vaccines for 6 Months and More, Health Department Says

66 deaths from COVID-19 have been recorded among Tompkins County residents, including the death of a resident of the area reported in late August.

On Sept. 11, Cornell University reported 144 active cases from students and 46 active cases from faculty and staff. Cornell has moved to weekly updates and the timing of their updates does not allow for a direct comparison with county statistics.

On September 13, Ithaca College reported 6 active student cases, of which 141 recovered, and 3 active employee cases and 28 employees recovered. (Ithaca College reset its recovered count to zero on August 1 to reflect the new academic year.)

The Department of Health says the public must 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 adults, people with weakened immune systems and people with underlying chronic diseases. health conditions.

Frank Kruppa of TCHD says: “There is a very high vaccination rate for our community, especially with the successes reported by our local colleges. In addition to the arrival and surveillance tests, many of our new cases arise from continued close contact with a positive person, meaning more than 10 minutes of being within six feet of a positive case. These close contacts are more common in large indoor gatherings with different groups of people.”

“Over the past few weeks, our efforts have focused on vaccinating our youth and providing booster doses to those who qualify,” Kruppa said. “We are distributing self-tests and masks across the country as we receive shipments and thank our community partners for helping us with this effort.”

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