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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Local Data

THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING of our community is our top priority. Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) is working closely with community partners to prevent and respond to the evolving novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Data History & Trends

  • Data spreadsheet since 3/14/20 Click Here
  • Graphic representation (below). Use the drop down menu to select graphs.

  • Click here to open graphs in a new tab. Graphs may not update daily. Mouse over or tap a bar to see its date. See the data table or spreadsheet for numbers updated daily.  

Image showing a graph of the source of COVID-19 exposure over time
Source of COVID-19 Exposure over time. 
This chart shows how many Tompkins County residents contracted COVID-19 from a known positive case ("YES"), versus exposures that cannot be traced directly to a known positive case ("NO"). The graph on the left shows numbers by month since March 2020, on the right shows the 7 days ending 10/13/20. Data reporting reflects the date the testing results were received.

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Daily Data for Covid-19 Explained
Where the data comes from and how the numbers are calculated

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TCHD: Tompkins County Health Department  |  CHS: Cayuga Health System

Total Tested for COVID-19

Sum of Pending, Positive, and Negative Results. All higher education testing data to date is included in the Health Department’s daily update.

Pending Test Results

CHS reports these numbers based on samples collected. This # may span across several days. Samples are sent to several labs.

Positive Cases

TCHD reports unique positive cases daily based on a secure State system. TCHD nurses follow-up with any individual who has a positive test result and conducts a contact investigation. This is a cumulative number, including active cases and those who have recovered. Positive cases from testing at higher education institutions is included in the TCHD totals. 

Negative Test Results

CHS reports negative test results to TCHD. CH team follow-up with any individual who has a negative test result.


TCHD nurses report this number based on individuals who tested positive, have resolved symptoms, and are released from isolation. This number includes individuals who were initially hospitalized for COVID, have at least two consecutive negative results for COVID, yet remain hospitalized for other reasons.

Active Cases

The difference between the number of positive cases and the number of recovered cases. Active cases are currently in TCHD mandated isolation.

Active COVID-19 Hospitalizations

CHS reports all COVID-related hospitalizations daily to TCHD. Individuals who have at least two consecutive negative results for COVID are no longer considered as COVID-related hospitalizations, and therefore not included in this number.

Discharged Today

CHS reports the # of COVID-related discharges daily to TCHD. This includes discharge of individuals who were admitted as a COVID-related hospitalization, and are discharged upon having at least two consecutive negative results for COVID. This number does not include individuals who remain hospitalized for non-COVID related reasons.

Total TC Resident Deaths & Total Non-Resident Deaths

The Medical Examiner reports this information to TCHD.

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Breakdown of Unique Positive Cases total in Tompkins County

Updated demographic information was provided to the Tompkins County Legislature on Sept. 15, 2020, as part of the County COVID Response Timeline. Click the images below to open a larger image in a new tab. For the complete set, exerpted from the 9/15/20 Timeline, click here

COVID-19 Unique Positive Cases, Tompkins County, through 9/14/20. N=378.
  •   Age Distribution
    Image of a bar graph: Age
  •   Race Distribution
    Image of a bar graph Race
  •   Ethnicity Distribution
    Image of a bar graph Ethnicity
  •   Residence Distribution
    Image of a map showing Municipal boundaries and number of pos cases in each municipality  Positive cases by municipality, list format
  •   Month of case’s exposure to known positive (from contact tracing)
    Image of a bar graph Month of exposure to positive case
  •   Distribution by Travel status
    Image of a bar graph Travel status

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