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Cayuga County Woman Dies of COVID-19; Tuesday 71 new cases | Local news | Auburn, NY | auburnpub.com

A woman from Cayuga County has died from COVID-19, the fourth virus-related fatality in the past 10 days and the 111th from the pandemic.

The Cayuga County health department said the woman, who was in her 80s, tested positive for COVID-19 and died. No further information, such as her vaccination status, was released.

The death occurred as the number of COVID-19 cases increased in Cayuga County. The health department reported 71 new cases on Tuesday, the highest single-day total in nearly three months. Two-thirds of the new cases (48 out of 71) were unvaccinated, while 23 were vaccinated.

During the first seven days of December, the province has 312 confirmed cases. It is on track to have nearly 1,400 cases this month.

The number of active cases increased from 351 to 376 in one day. The number of positive cases alone has not been this high since January 22, when there were 440 active cases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of cases in the province is 489.71 per 100,000 people and the average seven-day positivity rate is 9.04%.

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As cases increase, hospital admissions remain unchanged. There are nine residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are being treated at hospitals in downtown New York. It’s the third consecutive day that hospitalizations are in the single digits.

As the latest wave hits Cayuga County, the health department is trying to get more people vaccinated. A clinic will be held from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Fingerlakes Mall. The Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine will be available, along with boosters for the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines. The original shots and boosters are available for those aged 18 and over.

From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, the health department will administer the first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to children ages 5-11.

Registration is required for both clinics. For more information on how to register, visit cayugacounty.us/health.

The CDC reports that 55.1% of Cayuga County residents have been fully vaccinated. Vaccination coverage is higher in adults aged 18 and over (63.8%) and residents aged 65 and over (78.3%).

Online producer Robert Harding can be reached at (315) 282-2220 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @robertharding.