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Tompkins County reports death of fully vaccinated senior

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Tompkins County Health Department was recently notified by Cayuga Medical Center of a fully vaccinated resident’s death attributed to COVID-19.

The 93-year-old individual passed away at the hospital on Saturday (September 11).

It’s the first COVID-19 death of a fully vaccinated Tompkins County resident.

“We’re saddened by this loss and every loss in our community from COVID-19,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa.

Kruppa said the person also had pre-existing health conditions that 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,” added Kruppa. “TCHD will continue to monitor the severity of disease from COVID-19 and report information when it becomes available.”

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