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COVID-19 numbers down in Tompkins County as students go home

Tompkins County health officials say their COVID-19 case numbers are beginning to come down.


Public Health Director Frank Kruppa tells WENY-TV that a lot of college students have left for home, helping bring the Tompkins County number down. The county had experienced a recent increase in numbers, due largely to an outbreak of the Omicron variant on the Cornell University campus. Cornell cut short its fall semester, moved exams online and told students to go home for winter break as soon as they could.

Kruppa is asking residents to wear masks indoors this winter.

Cornell announced that all returning students will be required to be vaccinated, including a booster dose. The vaccination rate among Cornell students is 97%.



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