TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Tompkins County’s active COVID-19 cases have finally dropped below 50, the first time the count has been that low since Nov. 5.

Nearly six months to the day, the Tompkins County Health Department reported four new positive cases, while 16 people were released from isolation, bringing the active number to 47 COVID-19 cases. Since a brief spate in cases at the beginning of April, the number has been gradually trending downward.

The health department did not issue a statement accompanying the news. The number of active cases hovered between about 40 and 80 for much of October and November, before a far more brutal peak towards the turn of the year when cases climbed to above 300 active cases.

There are now seven people hospitalized due to COVID-19, though the county has crossed 60 percent of its population receiving at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Tompkins County recently celebrated its health department’s vaccination program, with 50,000 doses administered total.

Matt Butler

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