(10/4/2022) The Flu Season is officially here. Flu vaccines are now available at many locations throughout our community, including healthcare 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 early fall.
“It is likely that the flu will be more present in our community, compared with the past two years,” said Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director. “We want to do our part to limit the spread of the flu and protect our vulnerable community members. Getting vaccinated against the flu is the most important step we can all take this fall.”
The flu vaccine can be given at the same time as any other vaccine you need. Specifically, the flu vaccine and any Covid-19 booster vaccine are compatible and can safely be given at the same time.
More info, including the signs of complications and emergency warning signs is in the full press release.
(10/3/2022) TCHD must locate a dog that bit a person on Thursday, September 29, 2022, between 1:30 and 2:30 PM, along a side trail leading from Upper Buttermilk Falls to La Tourelle Hotel. The dog is described as a medium black and white dog, possibly a spaniel type, that was being walked on a leash. There were two women, possibly in their 60s or 70s, with one woman walking a small brown dog and another woman walking the black and white dog. After the bite occurred, the women appeared to walk along the path towards La Tourelle Hotel.
Anyone with information regarding this dog is urged to call Environmental Health at (607) 274-6688, 24/7. More info is in the full press release.
Community Announcement: Funding for Tompkins County Septic System Improvements for Eligible Homeowners
(9/27/2022) The Tompkins County Health Department is notifying the community about the availability of grant funds that will cover the costs related to septic system repairs or replacement. The Tompkins County Septic Upgrade Program (TCSUP) is funded through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awarded by New York Office of Homes and Community Renewal. This program makes funds available for low-to-moderate income homeowners in Tompkins County who are in need of septic system repair or replacement. Funding covers 100% of repair costs and applications will be accepted through April 1, 2023.
For additional information about the clinic, please refer to the full press release.
Health Alert: NYS DOH Warns of Increase in Opioid Related Deaths in Central New York; Naloxone Available Without a Prescription; Help and Resources Available
(9/13/2022) The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the community about the increase in opioid related deaths in the Central NY region, as reported by the NYS Department of Health.
NYS DOH has announced a statewide pharmacy standing order for Naloxone (Narcan), which is a medication that can be easily administered to block the effects of opioids. Providers, the public, and family members of those suffering with addiction are encouraged to obtain naloxone from a pharmacy or community agency. Individuals will need to have insurance to access this standing order at no cost in a pharmacy.
The 9-8-8 Lifeline call service is available 24/7, to speak confidentially with mental health professionals. Community partners also provide a wide variety of services to support those in need. For more information, including overdose prevention strategies and links to local services, please refer to the full press release.
Health Alert: Tests Show Elevated Legionella in Cooling Tower at the Tompkins County Mental Health Building
(9/9/2022) The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the community that a cooling tower located at the Tompkins County Mental Health building (201 East Green Street, Ithaca, New York), has shown elevated levels of Legionella (a type of bacteria). The cooling tower is part of a recirculated water system incorporated into the building's cooling, industrial, refrigeration or energy production system. More information is in the full press release.
(9/8/2022) As of September 7, 2022, New York State’s mask mandate policy no longer requires masking on public transportation. Masks will still be required in certain settings, including NYS licensed health facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Masks are still required in the public spaces within the Tompkins County Health Department and at Tompkins County Mental Health. Anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 should wear a high-quality mask as a precaution. High-quality masks should also be worn by those who have been positive for COVID-19, upon returning to public spaces, to work or to school following the end of their isolation period.
More information is in the full press release.
COVID-19 Update: CDC Recommends Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters; Contact Pharmacies for Anticipated Availability
(9/6/2022) The CDC recently recommended the new FDA-authorized Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster doses. The updated booster dose provides enhanced protection against the COVID-19 variants. Eligible individuals should contact their healthcare provider or a local pharmacy to learn more about vaccine availability, or search online at vaccines.gov. TCHD is encouraging all eligible individuals to stay up to date on vaccinations and receive a booster dose.
The booster doses will be available at TCHD’s Immunization Clinics, which are held on Fridays by appointment only, for eligible adults and children.
For additional details about the new vaccines and who is eligible for a booster, please refer to the full press release.
(8/24/2022) The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is the new national phone number to dial from anywhere in the event of a mental or emotional health crisis. Tompkins County Mental Health Department is urging community members to learn about how 988 services will work in Tompkins County where trained and compassionate crisis counselors are available on the line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 988 is also a resource for people who are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.
For additional information about supporting our community's mental and emotional health, please refer to the the full press release.
- Quarantine is no longer required post-exposure to COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.
- You should wear a high-quality mask for 5-10 days post-exposure when at home or around others in public.
- Monitor your health for symptoms and test at day 6 post-exposure (5 full days since the date of exposure).
HABs data for Cayuga Lake indicate the occurrence of blooms may increase in early September. For additional information on how to identify HABs and what to do if contact occurs, please refer to the full press release.
Health Alert: Environmental Health Sees Increase in Rabies Calls; Cautions Public to Avoid Contact with Wildlife, Report Incidents
Avoid the serious, potentially fatal, risk of rabies by safely capturing and submitting for laboratory testing any bat found in a home that may have come in contact with humans or pets. For more information, including a short video on how to capture a bat, please refer to the the full press release.
Featured COVID-19 Topics
- Video: Comprehensive Guidance on COVID-19
- Tips and a new video about KN95 masks
- Mask Advisory sign for public display
- How to: Isolation and Quarantine instructions
- Free KN95 Masks and Self-Test Kits distribution sites
- Self-affirmation form for isolation, for quarantine
- When & Where to Get Tested
- Booster Dose info
TOMPKINS COUNTY COVID-19 DATA
As of 10/04/2022 at 8:00 a.m.
|Active COVID-19 Hospitalizations (a)||8|
|Total TC Resident Deaths (Source)||67|
|Total Tests (b)||1,942,890|
|New Positive Cases (c)||19|
|Total Positive Cases||24,491|
|Daily Positive Self-Tests Reported (d)||11|
|Total Positive Self-Tests Reported||3,897|
|NYS Vaccine Tracker 1st Dose (e)||88,192|
|NYS Vaccine Tracker Completed||79,894|
Sources: (a) Cayuga Health System and TCHD; (b) TCHD and NYS DOH ECLRS; (c) NYS CommCare*; (d) TCHD**; (e) NYS Vaccine Tracker.
Data may be corrected as final investigations are completed.
*New Positive Cases are positive results from PCR tests submitted to labs and does not include self-tests.
**Daily Positive Self-Tests are reported to TCHD by individuals using our online tool. See Higher Education dashboards for additional self-testing numbers, as college students report positive tests to their institutions and may not also be submitting results to TCHD. These numbers are not included in our count in an effort to avoid duplication.
The TCHD Data Table is updated Monday-Friday. The cumulative spreadsheet is updated with weekend information on Monday of each week, or the next business day if a holiday. Graphs on the Data Page are updated regularly. Additional notes and information about the data reported in this table is here.
Testing at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site: Appointment required. Pre-register at cayugahealth.org or call Cayuga Health Call Center at 607-319-5708. Testing is free for Tompkins County residents. For current hours and additional information click here.
Testing is free for all NYS residents at NYS-run sampling sites. Information about the NYS testing program here.
For general questions 2-1-1 operators will have the most up-to-date information and guidance. Out of area dial 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.
Dial 9-8-8 for support during a mental or emotional health crisis
If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental or emotional health crisis, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is the new national phone number to dial from anywhere. In Tompkins County, trained and compassionate crisis counselors are available on the line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
988 is a multilingual resource and help is available in the individual's preferred language when you dial 988.
TCHD Website Quick Links
- Community Health Reports
- Drought Monitoring, NYS, Local creeks
- Healthy Neighborhoods Program
- Hydrilla Control Monitoring 2022
- Tobacco Sales (ATUPA) Violations