TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department has announced that the State of Emergency that Tompkins County has been in since mid-March 2020 will expire July 3 and will not be renewed, as it has been every week since it was declared.

Former Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino first announced the state of emergency on March 13, one day before the first case of coronavirus came to Ithaca, and it has continued since. Additionally, with the end of the State of Emergency, the county health department will stop its daily updating of the COVID-19 data table, which has emerged as another staple of local COVID-19 coverage.

The data table will now be updated each Wednesday, likely still including testing numbers, numbers of positive cases and those who have recovered after testing positive, number of people who are hospitalized due to coronavirus, the number of deaths from coronavirus locally and the progress of vaccinations in the county. The underlying spreadsheets will continue to be updated daily and can be viewed on the Tompkins County Health Department’s webpage.

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently ended New York’s state of emergency as coronavirus positivity declines. That’s particularly true in Tompkins County, where active cases have dropped as low as five recently and continue to hover around single digits.

“These changes mark significant positive milestones in our COVID-19 experience,” said Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “With the 4th of July weekend approaching, I encourage everyone to celebrate safely as we continue to move forward. Vaccine is proving to be effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19, and if you haven’t already done so, please get vaccinated.” 

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com