TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The number of active COVID-19 cases in Tompkins County is falling again, now dipping below 40 this week for the first time since early last fall.

With eight people recovering and one new positive test yesterday, active cases now sit at 34. The last time cases were this low was on Oct. 7, 2020, when they hit 36. After that point, cases began to rise, hitting their highest points in early January, before falling to around 60 in late April. Case numbers have floated around that since then.

There are still three people hospitalized with the virus, but there hasn’t been a death from coronavirus locally since April 27.

The local vaccination rate continues to creep upwards, though at painfully slow speeds now. It currently stands at 65.2 percent of total residents having received at least their first vaccination dose, though the health department continues to try to get creative to push that number closer to the 75 percent herd immunity rate.

Matt Butler

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