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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.

The Tompkins County COVID-19 Data Table is updated daily. The graphic explains where we get the data and what the numbers mean. To see today’s data, click here.
Image of the daily numbers table explainer

  • Click or tap the image to open a PDF in a new tab, or review the outline, below.
  • Demographic distribution of positive cases Click Here
  • To review historical data (since 3/14/20) Click Here

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

Note: Cornell University began sampling on 7/16/20. These samples and results are included in our daily updates. We are continuing to work on data reporting with the higher education institutions as more testing is planned.

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

Total Tested for COVID-19

Sum of Pending, Positive, and Negative Results

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.

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 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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Demographic Breakdown of Total Positive Cases in Tompkins County

Updated demographic information was provided to the Tompkins County Legislature on July 21, 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 7/21 Timeline, click here. (N=202 unique positive cases.)

  •   Age Distribution
    Image of a bar graph: Age
  •   Distribution by Travel status
    Image of a bar graph Travel status
  •   Race Distribution
    Image of a bar graph Race
  •   Ethnicity Distribution
    Image of a bar graph Ethnicity
  •   Month of case’s exposure to known positive (from contact tracing)
    Image of a bar graph Month of exposure to positive case
  •   Residence Distribution
    Image of a bar graph Municipality  Positive cases by municipality, list format

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