ITHACA, N.Y. — Cayuga Health System has announced that a patient suffering from COVID-19 has died in Tompkins County.

The individual was not a Tompkins County resident but was a “compassionate transfer” from New York City. This is the first reported death from COVID-19 in Tompkins County. According to TCHD, this individual will be reported on Tompkins statistics, updated at the end of each day.

“It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of a patient at Cayuga Medical Center due to COVID-19. Our team has trained extensively for treating patients with the virus,” said Marty Stallone, CEO of Cayuga Health System.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said that New York City hospitals would be transferring some patients to upstate hospitals that were well-below capacity to help alleviate the overload at the city’s medical facilities. According to Stallone, CMC had accepted two transfers from New York City. It is one of those individuals that has died.

“Unfortunately, one of those patients passed away this morning. Our hearts go out to the patient’s family during this difficult time. We would also like to recognize the dedication of our Cayuga Health team that continue to treat COVID-19 patients locally and in New York City,” added Stallone. “They remain well prepared and committed to their calling and commitment of treating all patients, no matter what the diagnosis.”