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COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Pfizer Vaccine Authorized Use for Ages 12-15; Health Department Announces Vaccine Clinic in Partnership with Cayuga Health System

(5/13/2021) Earlier this week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age. The Tompkins County Health Department, in partnership with Cayuga Health System and local school districts, is offering the following clinic to this age group.

Shops at Ithaca Mall - Old Sears (40 Catherwood Rd.)

  • Saturday, May 22 from 9:00am – 1:00pm
  • 12 years and older
  • Appointments available:
  • Pfizer vaccine
  • Call 211 (1-877-211-8667) during business hours, 8:30AM-5:00PM for assistance registering and for transportation options.
  • For minors under 18, a parent or guardian is required to identify the minor and provide consent.

More information and clinic details are in the full press release.

New York State Reopening Set to Expand on May 19, County Updates Related to Reopening

(5/12/2021) The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the community to the easing of pandemic-related restrictions in New York State and the ongoing local efforts related to enforcing State guidance. Tompkins County continues to be a leader in New York State for both high vaccination rates and low infection rates, TCHD continues to urge the community to closely follow public health guidance related to the easing of restrictions and to get vaccinated when you are able.

Effective May 19, most business capacity restrictions will be based solely on 6 feet social distancing requirements.  Percentage-based capacity restrictions will be removed for most commercial settings, including retail, food services, gyms and fitness centers, amusement and family entertainment, hair salons, barber shops,  other personal care services, and houses of worship, among other settings. 

More information and activity-specific details are in the full press release.

Second Dose Appointments 

Please make every effort to attend your assigned second dose appointment.

If you miss your second dose appointment or can't make your scheduled appointment at the Cayuga Health Vaccination Clinic at The Shops at Ithaca Mall, please complete this form. You may complete this form if you received your first dose at another location and are unable to return to that location. Staff from the Tompkins County Health Department or Cayuga Health System will reach out to you near the due date of your second dose to set up a new appointment.

Rabies Vaccination Spring Clinics

A second spring drive-through rabies clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets will be held on May 22, 2021, from 10AM-1PM, at the TCAT Bus Garage, 737 Willow Avenue, Ithaca. Pre-registration is required for the clinic by calling the Health Department or online through the TCHD website. Call (607) 274-6688 for assistance with registration or to be placed on a wait list if all appointments are full. 

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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 5/14/2021 at 7:30am    |    Source: TCHD and NYS DOH ECLRS
Total Tests Daily Tests New Positive Cases Total Positive Cases Released from Isolation Active Cases
1,212,497 4,474 10 4,259 4,182 46

Source: Cayuga Health System and TCHD
COVID-19 Hospitalizations
Total TC Resident Deaths  
4 31  

Tompkins County Residents
(Source: Cayuga Health System and TCHD, NYS Vaccine Tracker)
Cayuga Health Vaccinations 1st Dose Cayuga Health Vaccinations Completed   NYS Vaccine Tracker 1st Dose NYS Vaccine Tracker Completed
30,061 28,092   63,627 54,119

Note: Cayuga Health System reports vaccination totals administered by Cayuga Health and TCHD twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday. To see the totals for NYS counties, go to the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker

  • 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: Version 12-15-20  |  Version 03-14-20
  • 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, S-S 8:00AM-1:00PM. The Sampling Site occasionally adds weekend or extended hours. Please call 607-319-5708 for updated information. 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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