CORRECTION: The two deaths that were reported by the Tompkins County Health Department on Wednesday, Jan. 20, did not take place at the Oak Hill Manor Nursing Home and were not related to the COVID-19 cases at the facility. A representative of Oak Hill Manor Nursing Home, Nursing Director Lexi Gutierrez, claimed this morning that there is no more COVID-19 cases at the facility. The Tompkins County Health Department will be issuing a correction at some point today.
TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department has announced two additional deaths from COVID-19 in the county, as well as the highest number of single-day positive tests reported so far.
There have now been 21 total deaths in Tompkins County from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. While the deaths were initially reported to be at Oak Hill Manor Nursing Home, it has now been confirmed that was incorrect information from the Tompkins County Health Department.
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Tompkins County also reported 62 new cases, the highest single day of positive coronavirus tests since the pandemic began in March. There are 17 people hospitalized with active COVID-19 cases and 295 total active cases.
“Our thoughts are with the families of those we lost. Every death from COVID-19 in our community is heartbreaking and a reminder that many people are still battling this disease,” Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director.
— Tompkins County Health Department (@TompkinsHealth) January 21, 2021