ITHACA, N.Y.—The number of active COVID-19 cases in Tompkins County continued its precipitous decline over the weekend, dipping below 100 for the first time since November 2020.

Active cases are now the lowest they have been since Nov. 11, when there were 73 active cases in the county. The next day, they jumped to 101, and haven’t been below the 100 threshold since then. Just weeks ago cases were at their peak in the county; at this point, the hopeful peak locally came on Jan. 8, with 330 active cases.

The average number of new daily positive COVID-19 tests in Tompkins County throughout February was 16.3. That was a steep reduction from January, when the average number of new daily positive COVID-19 tests was 30.2. Hospitalizations have also continued to drop, now sitting at just three people with active COVID-19 cases who are hospitalized. There have been no new deaths reported by the health department from the coronavirus since Feb. 10.

Vaccination distribution has also stabilized, though the supply chain from the state and federal government still hampers too much progress. There have now been 10,829 people who have received at least their first shot, and 7,116 people who have received both doses, meaning they are fully vaccinated.

Matt Butler is the Editor in Chief of The Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at