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HEALTH ALERT:  Potential Public Exposures at Ithaca Ale House, Liquid State Brewing Company, and Wegmans

(10/16/20) – The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the public of potential COVID-19 exposures. The Health Department received notification of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and dined at Ithaca Ale House and Liquid State Brewing Company during their infectious period. Another individual who tested positive for COVID-19 worked multiple shifts as a cashier at the Ithaca Wegmans. Both individuals are residents of other Counties, and their respective Counties are managing contact investigations. Close contacts of the individuals will be contacted by the respective County’s Health Department.

Please review the full press release for potential exposure times at the three businesses. If you were at any of the businesses during the dates and times listed in the press release, please do the following:

  • It is recommended that you get tested at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site located at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, 40 Catherwood Rd. Register for an appointment online at  or call the Cayuga Health Call Center at 607-319-5708. The Cayuga Health Sampling Site will have special hours on Sunday, October 18 and extended hours on Monday, October 19 to accommodate individuals who may have been exposed. Regular hours for the Sampling Site and Call Center are Monday-Friday 8:30AM-4:00PM.
  • If potentially exposed, Cornell University students should contact  Cornell Health  at  607-255-5155 do not go to an arrival or surveillance testing site.
  • All other students and community members should seek testing at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site.
  • Monitor your health for any symptoms of cough, fever, congestion, and shortness of breath for 14 days from the last time you were at any of these businesses. For a full list of symptoms, go to the TCHD website .
  • If you seek testing and the result is negative, continue to monitor your health for the full 14 days from the last time you were at any of these businesses. If you become symptomatic, seek testing again.

The individuals who tested positive are in isolation and the contact investigations are being managed by the Health Departments in their County of residence. For additional details and precautionary guidance, see the full press release here.

Opportunity to Serve on the Tompkins County Board of Health

(10/9/20) The Tompkins County Board of Health (BOH) has an at-large vacancy and invites interested candidates to apply. The Board encourages individuals with diverse perspectives to apply who seek to engage in public health issues impacting our community. The BOH is a volunteer board that serves as the governing body for the Health Department. The eight board members each serve six-year terms. Click here for more information about this opportunity and how to apply.

Opportunity to Serve on the Tompkins County Mental Health Community Services Board

(10/9/20) The Tompkins County Community Services Board (CSB) has a vacancy and invites interested candidates to apply. The CSB is a volunteer board that serves as the governing body for the Mental Health Department. The 15 board members each serve four-year terms. The Board encourages individuals to apply who seek public involvement in mental health issues impacting our community. Click here for more information about this opportunity and how to apply.

Rabies Vaccination Drive-Through Clinic

(10/7/20) The last drive-through rabies clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 from 10:00 AM–3:00 PM at the TCAT Bus Garage, 737 Willow Avenue, Ithaca. Pre-registration is required; online on the TCHD website or call 607-274-6688. See the full press release for important COVID procedures.

Drought map of NYS as of 10/13/20
Water Conservation Advisory for Tompkins County

For information and conservation tips, visit our drought page here.

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2019 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

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Daily Data

As of 10/19/2020 at 5:00pm.*  |    Source: TCHD and Cayuga Health System
Total Tested for COVID-19 Pending Results Positive Cases Negative Test Results Recovered Active Cases
292,248 6,056 530 285,662 471 59

Source: Cayuga Health System
COVID-19 Hospitalizations
Discharged Today Total TC Resident Deaths Total Non-Resident Deaths
9 0 1 2

*Note 10/19/20: Positive Cases and Active Cases data were adjusted starting on 10/12/20 to account for the resident death. Historical data can be found on the data spreadsheet

Note 8/24/20: All higher education testing data to date is included in the Health Department’s daily update. All positive cases are unique individuals. 

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Source of COVID-19 Exposure over time: by month since March 2020, and for the 7 days ending 10/13/20. More info here

Testing at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site: Appointment required. Visit or call Cayuga Health Call Center at 607-319-5708, M-F 8:30AM - 4:00PM. Click here for additional information
» If you need transportation: After you have registered, call 2-1-1 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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Community Resilience, Vigilance, and Commitments Moving Forward: A letter to the community from Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director and Mental Health Commissioner (8/20/20)

We Need Your Help to Be Successful at Stopping the Spread of COVID-19: Wear a Mask, Keep Six Feet Apart. A Letter to the Editor of the Cornell Daily Sun from Frank Kruppa (9/4/20) 


Status of Health Department Services

The Health Department building remains closed to the public as of 7/30/20.

The following Health Department programs are still operating by phone or appointment only (updated 7/30/20) :
  • Environmental Health:
  • WIC:
  • Early Intervention:
    • Services provided through teletherapy. Face-to-face visits for children unable to be successful with teletherapy. Call 607-274-6644
  • Preschool Special Education Services:
    • Providing services through teletherapy. Face-to-face visits for children unable to be successful with teletherapy. Call 607-274-6644
  • Vital Records:
  • Healthy Neighborhoods Program:
    • Virtual visits available, call 274-6702
  • SafeCare:
    • Telehealth visits as staff are available. Call 274-6604
  • MOMS:
    • Telehealth visits as staff are available. Call 274-6604
  • Deliveries and mail:
    • Received at the main entrance maintaining appropriate social distance (directions are posted at the front door).
The following Health Department programs have been suspended:
  • HIV Testing
  • Immunizations
Health inquiries in Tompkins County: 607-274-6604

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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.

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.

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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.


Health Department Wins Model Practice Awards

Tompkins County is one of 53 local health departments across the country to be recognized for innovative public health projects in response to critical local public health needs. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) announced that Tompkins County Health Department is the recipient of two 2019 Model Practice Awards for Ithaca College Public Health Initiatives and the SafeCare Program.

“We are honored to receive NACCHO’s Model Practice Award. The awards are evidence of our commitment to developing responsive and innovative public health programs that improve the health of local residents,” states Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director, Tompkins County Health Department.

The winning projects were determined through a competitive, peer-reviewed process, will be added to NACCHO’s Model Practice online database, and the Health Department will be honored at NACCHO’s annual meeting in July 2019. Read the full press release for more information about the award winning initiatives.

Tick-Borne Infections — Take Steps to Prevent Them

photo showing tick size at different life stagesSpring is here and so are ticks! New tick-borne infections have been discovered in recent years and are steadily increasing. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported. Most tick-borne infections, including Lyme disease, can be successfully treated with antibiotics, especially if started early. Preventing tick bites is your best defense against tick-borne infection.

Ticks are different sizes depending on their stage of life. Nymphs are active in spring, and are about the size of a poppy seed, so hard to spot.

Ticks live in shaded, moist areas at ground level. They cling to tall grass, brush, and shrubs, at the edge of woods, along trails, in leaf piles and around old stone walls, waiting for a passerby to come along so they can climb aboard.

Often people are not aware of a tick bite until symptoms appear. These may include severe fatigue, flu-like symptoms, headache, fever, joint swelling, facial paralysis or rash. Some people may experience a sudden red lesion, “bull’s-eye rash,” on their body. If you experience these symptoms, contact your health provider as soon as possible.

To learn more about Tick-borne infection, call the Tompkins County Health Department at 274-6604 or visit the Department’s website: Read the full press release, including precautions, here.


WIC Opens New Clinic in Groton

WIC Strong logo image A monthly WIC clinic is coming to Groton. Beginning February 12, Tompkins County WIC will hold a clinic on the second Tuesday of every month, at the TC Action Child Care Center, 110 Sykes St. (the same building as the Groton Head Start). The clinic will be open from 9:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Call 607-274-6630 for an appointment.

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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