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COVID-19 Update: Mask Advisory Still in Effect, Encouraging Patience

(5/2/2022) The Tompkins County Health Department is reiterating its mask advisory and encouraging the community to continue to be patient as the spread of COVID-19 impacts services in the community. The mask advisory was issued on 4/27/2022 due to the increased spread of COVID-19 in the community and an increase in local hospitalizations. The CDC has placed Tompkins County in the “High Community Transmission” category, which further recommends that everyone resume mask wearing while indoors in public and on public transportation.

TCHD is also clarifying that this is an advisory, not a mandate. TCHD encourages the public to wear a mask, though it is not mandated by law or order at this time, with the exception of public transit or when in a healthcare or congregate setting as defined by New York State.

  • Under the mask advisory, TCHD encourages mask wearing while indoors and around others.
  • High-quality masks (KN95 or N95) continue to be one of the best ways to protect yourself and others.
  • High-quality KN95 masks are freely available to the community. Please refer to the TCHD website or call 2-1-1 for information on where these masks are available.
  • For more information on how to most effectively wear a KN95 mask, TCHD has published a video with instructions.
  • Any individual may choose to wear a mask in any situation based on personal preference.

More complete guidance and additional information are in the full press release.

COVID-19 Update: TCHD Statement on Wastewater Testing in Tompkins County

(4/21/2022) The Tompkins County Health Department is sharing details with the community on wastewater testing for COVID-19 in Tompkins County. At this time, both the Village of Cayuga Heights and the City of Ithaca have begun wastewater testing as part of a New York State program, with details available on the New York State website.

In communities where other forms of testing are not as widespread, wastewater testing is used as an early warning indicator for the spread of COVID-19. Due to the widescale availability, accessibility, and uptake of PCR and self-tests in Tompkins County, TCHD is asking the community to continue to focus on metrics published by TCHD and the CDC.

Additional information and statements are in the full press release.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

moving forward badge The 2019 novel coronavirus is a rapidly evolving situation. Following guidance from the CDC and NYSDOH, we are working closely with County Administration, elected officials, and community partners, including Cayuga Health System and other healthcare providers. The health and well-being of our community is our top priority.


As of 05/13/2022 at 8:25 a.m.

Active COVID-19 Hospitalizations (1) 4
Total TC Resident Deaths 62
Total Tests (2) 1,897,013
Daily Tests 932
New Positive Cases 56
Total Positive Cases 21,067
Daily Positive Self-Tests Reported (3) 15
Total Positive Self-Tests Reported 2,774
NYS Vaccine Tracker 1st Dose (4) 84,852
NYS Vaccine Tracker Completed 77,533

Sources: (1) Cayuga Health System and TCHD; (2) TCHD and NYS DOH ECLRS; (3) TCHD; (4) NYS Vaccine Tracker.

As of 1/31/22, the TCHD Data Table will be updated Monday-Friday. The cumulative spreadsheet will continue to be updated with weekend information on Monday of each week, or the next business day if a holiday. The Data Page will continue to have regularly updated graphs. View our Press Release from 1/27/2022 for additional information.

As of 12/27/2021, reported positive self-test results have been added to the daily table and spreadsheet. For more information about self tests, see the self-test webpage. 

Additional Information about COVID-19 Data: The historical spreadsheet is available on the Data Page (sortable) or Google spreadsheet.

  • The above data may be corrected as final investigations are completed.
  • Data icon -- Data helps keep us informed Daily tests are composed of positive and negative test results from ECLRS, the Electronic Clinical Laboratory Report System, a New York State Department of Health database that collects test results from all state-certified labs. The number reported here is for the previous day.
  • New cases and total case data is from TCHD, pulled from ECLRS.
  • Higher education testing data is included in the TCHD daily update. This data reflects test results from certified laboratories (PCR and lab-processed antigen testing), but does not include self-reported home tests. Positive cases in nursing homes are included in total positive cases. All positive cases are unique individuals.
  • “About the table fields” explainer graphic for revised version.
  • Data Page: trend graphs, source of exposure, demographics.
  • TCHD Google spreadsheet: Click Here
  • College Dashboards: Cornell University | Ithaca College | TC3.
  • New York State's COVID-19 metrics: Regional Dashboard | County Tracker

Testing at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site: Appointment required. Pre-register at or call Cayuga Health Call Center at 607-319-5708. Site hours: M-F 8:30AM-4:00PM. Click here for additional information

Free testing for all Tompkins County residents at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site. Free testing for all NYS residents at NYS-run sampling sites. Information about the NYS testing program here.

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Call 2-1-1 for up-to-date information about COVID-19.

2-1-1 Logo imageFor general questions 2-1-1 operators will have the most up-to-date information and guidance. Out of area call 1-877-211-8667.

2-1-1 should be used for non-medical inquiries only. Calls regarding health and medical inquiries should be directed to the Health Department at 607-274-6604. If you are experiencing symptoms, including cough, fever and shortness of breath, call your health care provider.

NOTICE:  The Tompkins County Health Department makes every effort to post accurate and reliable information. However, it does not guarantee or warrant that the information on this website is complete, accurate, or up-to-date. Tompkins County shall not be liable under any circumstances for any claims or damages arising directly or indirectly from information presented therein. Please contact the program area by phone or the receptionist at 607-274-6600 for more information.

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