Active COVID Cases Reach New Heights, Hospitalizations Remain Low

(Dominick Recckio / Tompkins County)

(Dominick Recckio / Tompkins County)

TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY — There are 428 active cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins County, burying the previous all time high of 330 active cases on January 8th, 2021.

On August 26th,  there were just 186 active cases. There have been an average of 60 new cases every day for the past week.

While the rates of spread and volume of cases are reaching new highs in Tompkins County, severe cases of COVID-19 are at a relative lows.

According to the Health Department, there are currently 6 people hospitalized for COVID-19. On January 8th, the date of the previous all time high in cases, there were 32 people hospitalized as a result of COVID.

To slow the spread of the virus, the Health Department is urging people to wear masks while indoors and around others in public spaces, and also for people to get vaccinated.

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