TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Tompkins County has seen another day of high positive COVID-19 tests, with 25 reported on Wednesday, Aug. 11. That brings the total number of positive tests over the last week to 101.

There are still nine people hospitalized with active coronavirus cases, slightly down from the recent peak earlier this week of 11. There have been no new COVID-19 deaths in the county, with the local death toll still at 32.

This is also the highest number of active cases seen in the last several months, albeit just slightly higher than the past week or so. With 92 active cases, the county’s at its highest number of active cases since April 9.

This all seems to indicate further spread among the Delta variant, which has proven capable of passing even to and from vaccinated people, though at a lower rate than among unvaccinated people. Breakthrough infections, of which there have been several recently in Tompkins County, are still considered uncommon in the overall COVID-19 environment because of the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Matt Butler

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