Cayuga Medical Center

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The first Tompkins County resident has died from COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. The patient was considered high-risk at 95 years old, and was being treated at Cayuga Medical Center since Oct. 6. The patient died on Oct. 12. The Health Department will not be releasing any more info about the patient at this time.

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family affected by this loss. This passing is a difficult reminder that COVID-19 is still having serious impacts on our community,” stated Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County Public Health Director. “I urge everyone to pay careful attention to what we can all do to stop the spread. While our ability to manage the disease in Tompkins County has increased, we’re tragically reminded that COVID-19 disproportionately impacts older adults, those who are immune-compromised and those with underlying health conditions.”

Cayuga Medical Center put out its own statement, also expressing condolences to the family of the patient.

“It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of a 95-year old patient at Cayuga Medical Center due to COVID-19,” stated Dr. Martin Stallone, CEO, Cayuga Health System. “Our hearts go out to the patient’s family during this difficult time. I would also like to recognize the dedication of our Cayuga Health team that continue to treat all COVID-19 patients. They remain well prepared and committed to their calling and commitment of treating all patients, no matter what the diagnosis.”

The Cayuga Health team has also conducted over 300,000 tests across the region and will continue to increase testing capabilities.

(4) comments

Michael Bryant

Can we stop it already with this "Covid death" lunacy. It is quite cynical to be using the passing of the elderly- or anyone- for such purposes.

A 95 year old when he/she dies passes due to old age. At that age anything can bring on. If we constantly PCR tested everyone for the common cold & applied the same death recording policy there might be 583,000 to 1,400,000+ US common cold deaths every year.

The majority of the elderly people who died didn’t even die of the virus but it’s being chalked off as a “Covid” death to keep the Covid death count high, the fearmongering going and the $$$ coming in. These are old people with a wide variety of multiple serious medical conditions. They’re are on multiple toxic medical drugs that cause serious adverse reactions. Many were in and out of the ER & urgent care departments well before the arrival of this new virus. They’re dying from pneumonia, COPD, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, adverse reactions to toxic medical drugs, etc. Some of them died from complications of being put on a ventilator when they didn’t need to.

There’s BIG money at stake here. More dough on sliding scale is given to the hospitals for a Covid admission, a Covid ICU hospitalization and a Covid death. That’s why everything these days is chalked off to Covid. And hospitals are starving for $$$ – this a great scheme to improve your revenue and not be in the red all the time.

And BTW for the millionth time PCR tests were never intended for diagnostic purposes as currently being used to drum up "cases" and keep the fear going and hold us all hostage to these endless draconian policies.

Oh and BTW in case you didn't notice kids are paying a high price for all of this and our town is being decimated.

How about waking up to what is actually happening "enlightened" Ithaca.

Elisabeth Hegarty

Mr. Bryant did not say he was the decedent's doctor so it's not for him to determine how the man died. If I were the decedent's relatives, I would take the word of the medical professionals who cared for my loved one. They don't need Mr. Bryant, who knew NONE OF THE MEDICAL FACTS, to provide his unsolicited assessment while they are trying to grieve for their loved one. If nothing else, his comments show his insensitivity over the death of a member of our community and how his comments may have upset grieving family members. To the family of the man who died, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Franklins Ghost

95 years old. Really now, its unfortunate, but are people dying at this age from anything a valid reason to shut down the economy of even a single state? If Florida, a state with more old people in it than just about any other state, can willingly remove all restrictions, so can NYS. At this point we're well past "flattening the curve" , "Just two more weeks" and all of the other nonsense that they justified these impositions with early in the game. Extremely old people dying is part of the life and death cycle. Open it up already, NYS. Admit that your restrictions are politically motivated because you hate the POTUS.

Elisabeth Hegarty

When Mr. Ghost is 95 years old, let's ask him how he wants to die - at home with family and friends or alone in a hospital on a ventilator with nurse holding his hand. I hope Mr. Ghost is/becomes a rich man. One day he might learn the importance of compassion for is fellows. At a time like this, with almost 250,000 people dead, I hope he takes his precious economy and puts it where the sun doesn't shine.

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