TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department has reported a new death from COVID-19, making it the 64th person locally to die from the illness.

It is the first new death since June 14, and the fourth death since the beginning of May.

“Sadly, TCHD was notified of the death of a Tompkins County resident,” said TCHD officials in a tweet. “Our condolences go out to the family of this individual.”

Case numbers have fluctuated recently, but have largely remained low—though those numbers can’t be relied upon as strongly as before, since many people are home-testing now.

For the last several days, the health department has reported between 20-30 new positive cases, with additional self-reported positives, though hospitalizations are still consistently low, at least so far. There are seven people hospitalized currently, the highest since June 4, though that number was 0 as recently as July 15.

There have been about 300 new reported cases since July 11, though that’s a far cry from the heights of the pandemic.

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