Cayuga Medical Center

The Tompkins County Health Department was notified by Cayuga Medical Center of the death of a fully vaccinated Tompkins County resident attributed to COVID-19. The patient, who passed away at Cayuga Medical Center on Sept. 11, was 93 years old. This is the first COVID-19 death of a fully vaccinated Tompkins County resident. 

Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa stated, “We’re saddened by this loss and every loss in our community from COVID-19. This is the first fully vaccinated person to pass from COVID-19 in Tompkins County. We can report the patient was also impacted by pre-existing health conditions which contributed to their passing. Vaccines continue to be effective in preventing severe disease, and a majority of our hospitalizations continue to be individuals who are unvaccinated. TCHD will continue to monitor the severity of disease from COVID-19 and report information when it becomes available.” 

The Sept. 11 death will be reflected in the TCHD daily COVID-19 data table on Tuesday, Sept. 14.  

(1) comment

Rob Ervin

This is a little misleading because they don't tell you the CDC "definition" of vaccinated. This is from the CDC web site,

"For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson [J&J]/Janssen)"

If there is an immediate (or before the 14 days after the final dose) adverse effect from the vaccine and it causes death, it is counted as an "unvaccinated" death.

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