TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Tompkins County hit two important benchmarks this week, hopefully signaling the continued demise of the local COVID-19 era.

According to the Tompkins County Health Department, the last two days have been entirely free of new positive tests among county residents. That’s the first time since August 16-17, 2020. In fact, three of the last four days have yielded no new positive test results.

With recoveries outpacing test results currently, that now means active cases have fallen to lows not seen since around that late-summer time period either. On the aforementioned August 17, there were just five active cases in the county—there are currently 12 active cases in the county, the lowest since August 27. Cases quickly jumped by dozens over the next few weeks as college students arrived in town.

While Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa has said that he thinks consistent days of zero new cases isn’t realistic, primarily because of the prevalence of testing in Tompkins County, it’s still encouraging to see the numbers dwindle this far. The county’s vaccination rate currently sits at 66.6 percent.

Matt Butler

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