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COVID-19 Update: Preparations underway for Pfizer Vaccinations of youth aged 5-11; Moderna and J&J Booster Doses

(10/21/2021) – The Tompkins County Health Department is sharing updates on COVID-19 vaccination clinic planning for ages 5-11 years old and pending announcements about the approval of Moderna and J&J booster doses. TCHD is encouraging all eligible individuals to get vaccinated or receive a booster dose when they are able.

The Pfizer COVD-19 vaccine has completed its clinical trials for youth ages 5-11 and is expected to receive authorization from the FDA for use by the early November.

TCHD is working closely with local pediatric offices and school districts to plan for hosting multiple large vaccinations clinics to be held throughout the month of November at the mall vaccination site. Appointments are not yet available. Second dose clinics will be scheduled for December. As vaccine clinics are scheduled, details will be distributed by school districts, posted on the TCHD website, and announced through local media.

In addition, TCHD anticipates an announcement regarding approval for both the Moderna and Janssen (J&J) vaccine booster doses for eligible individuals in the coming days (eligibility criteria for these booster doses will be forthcoming). With this timeline likely to occur in conjunction with the Pfizer vaccine approval for school-aged youth, TCHD will not be hosting specific booster dose clinics for Moderna or J&J vaccines at this time. Eligible and interested individuals should contact their primary care physician or a local pharmacy to obtain their Moderna or J&J booster dose.

Additional information and details are in the full press release.

COVID-19 Update: Hospitalization Demographic Data Released August 1, 2021–October 18, 2021

(10/21/2021) – The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) presented COVID-19 hospitalization demographic data at the October 19, 2021 County Legislature meeting. This information was included in a regular COVID-19 update that is archived in the COVID-19 Tompkins County Response timeline presentation available on the TCHD website.

The hospitalization data reflects 65 hospital admissions of Tompkins County residents during the period of August 1, 2021 – October 18, 2021. Of the 65 admissions, two-thirds (44) were unvaccinated, while 21 were fully vaccinated. The average age of those hospitalized who were unvaccinated is 55.7 years, while the average age of vaccinated individuals is 77.1 years.

Additional information and review is in the full press release. Graphs can be viewed on the data page.

Age ranges of hospitalized individuals

Attorney General James Visits Tompkins County on the Heal NY Tour to Combat the Opioid Crisis

(10/20/2021) – New York State Attorney General Letitia James stopped in Tompkins County on Wednesday, October 13 to announce up to 1.7 million dollars for Tompkins County that will go directly to prevention and treatment on demand for substance use and mental health in impacted communities.  

Attorney General James was joined by County Administrator Lisa Holmes, County Legislators, and Deputy Director of Mental Health, Harmony Ayers-Friedlander. The Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County hosted the presentation at their Triphammer Road location.

Harmony Ayers-Friedlander, Deputy Director of Tompkins County Mental Health stated, “It is an honor to stand with Attorney General James, my colleagues, and County Legislators for this historic announcement. This funding will bring much needed support to our community for treatment, education and prevention.”

Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County Commissioner of Mental Health stated, “As Tompkins County Mental Health and Public Health departments move forward in the strategic planning of their merger, mental wellness remains a priority. We look forward to continued collaboration with our community partners engaged in this work and providing much needed improvement of services and care for those in our community who have been, and continue to be, impacted by the opioid crisis.”

Future announcements will be made as planning occurs and funding is received. Footage from last week’s press conference can be found on the NYS Attorney General’s webpage.

Read statements from our partners in the full press release.

COVID-19 Update: PreK-12 COVID-19 Exposure & Contact Tracing Guidance

(9/17/2021) The Tompkins County Health Department has  published guidance for COVID-19 exposures and contact tracing in preK-12 school settings. The guidance is available on the TCHD website’s COVID-19 FAQ page. The guidance helps TCHD nurses determine who was a close contact in a school setting following a confirmed positive COVID-19 case, and outlines contact tracing and quarantine procedure. It includes information for classroom settings, indoor non-classroom settings including transport, gymnasium, and cafeteria settings, and outdoor sports and recess. For more details refer to the published guidance document, or the full press release.

Flu Vaccine Vital as COVID-19 Pandemic Continues

(9/9/2021) Now is the time to get a flu shot, and it is more important than ever during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Flu vaccines are now available at many locations throughout our community, including health care provider offices, pharmacies, and clinics. Everyone 6 months of age and over should be vaccinated every year against the flu. Prioritize getting your vaccine in September or October. For more information, see the full press release.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

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  • Distance--Please do not form lines or groups. Keep 6 feet of distance at all times
  • Density--Avoid entering crowded rooms or areas. Reduce occupancy to allow for proper distancing
  • Face Covering--You must wear a face covering when in public buildings and outdoor spaces around others
  • Hand Hygiene--Wash hands well and often. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces often
  • Symptoms--If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or body aches, stay home and get tested
  • Menta Health--COVID-19 affects everyone's well-being. If you are struggling, it's OK to ask fro support
  • Travel--Non essential travel is discouraged. Quarantine is required when arriving in NYS from high spread states
  • Quarantine--If you are required to quarantine be responsible and follow all guidance for the full 14 days
  • Testing--Getting tested helps stop the spread
  • Data--Stay informed about what's happening in our community
  • Vaccines protect us
  • Positive cases must isolate
  • Stay Home for the Holidays

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As of 10/22/2021 at 7:30am    |    Source: TCHD and NYS DOH ECLRS
Total Tests Daily Tests New Positive Cases Total Positive Cases Released from Isolation Active Cases
1,509,566 4,457 24 6,796 6,613 146

Source: Cayuga Health System and TCHD
COVID-19 Hospitalizations
Total TC Resident Deaths  
4 37  

Tompkins County Residents
(Source: NYS Vaccine Tracker)
NYS Vaccine Tracker 1st Dose NYS Vaccine Tracker Completed
75,567 70,622

Note: As of 8/2/2021, the Tompkins County Health Department has resumed updating the COVID-19 data table on the homepage of the website on a daily basis. 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 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, total cases, and active cases data is from TCHD.
  • All higher education testing data to date is included in the TCHD daily update. All 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
» If you need transportation: After you have registered, call 2-1-1 (1-877-211-8667) for assistance. 2-1-1 available 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. to help with transportation options to the Sampling Site. 2-1-1 is arranging free transportation for individuals with symptoms, or known exposure to positive cases. Other transportation options will have varying fees. 

Free testing for all Tompkins County residents at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site. Free testing for all NYS residents at NYS-run sampling sites. The NYS site closest to Tompkins County is at the Binghamtom University Event Center parking lot. Appointment required. Call the NYS COVID Hotline to register, (888) 364-3065. 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.

Health Department Open to the Public

Regular business hours are 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. Appointments are welcome and encouraged for many Health Department programs and services. See contact info below.

All visitors and contractors are required to wear a mask while in the facility, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be available at the front desk if a visitor does not have one upon entry.

Contact info for specific programs and services

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Task Force Report:
Review of The Tompkins County Mental Health and Public Health Leadership Models 2019

A shared leadership model for the Tompkins County Mental Health and Public Health Departments has been in place for four years. County Administration reviewed the opportunities and challenges for this leadership model and provided a recommendation to the Legislature. Read the Overview and download the full report here.

Opioid Resource

Opioid Resource graphic logoA NEW Opioid Resource page has been posted to the TCHD website. The intent is for this page to be a portal for information and services related to the opioid crisis within Tompkins County. The page is evolving, and comments related to its content are welcomed.

To visit the page, click here.


Three words that everyone who is sexually active should know, to protect your health and prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs)!

    1. Talk to your partner before you have sex.
    2. Get Tested!
    3. If you test positive for an STI, Get Treated

Want to learn more about STIs and the Talk-Test-Treat campaign? Click right here, right now!

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