Cayuga Health announced that a patient being treated for the coronavirus has died at Cayuga Medical Center.
While that patient was not a Tompkins County resident, it was the first death reported at the facility connected to COVID-19.
Dr. Martin Stallone, CEO of Cayuga Health System made the announcement on Friday, which was first reported by the Ithaca Times.
“It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of a patient at Cayuga Medical Center due to COVID-19,” a statement said. “Earlier this week, we received a compassionate transfer of two patients from New York City. Unfortunately, one of those patients passed away this morning. Our hearts go out to the patient’s family during this difficult time. We would also like to recognize the dedication of our Cayuga Health team that continue to treat COVID-19 patients locally and in New York City. They remain well prepared and committed to their calling and commitment of treating all patients, no matter what the diagnosis.”
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.