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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.

Tompkins County COVID-19 Data Table 

Non-Customer Facing GreenStar Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19; All Close Contacts Identified

The Tompkins County Health Department received notification that a non-customer facing GreenStar employee tested positive for COVID-19. The employee is asymptomatic and currently in isolation. At this time, the Tompkins County Health Department is not recommending that GreenStar shoppers or the general public seek testing in response to this positive case.

“Our Health Department nurses conducted the contact tracing investigation and all close contacts have been identified. This was not a public exposure. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and all close contacts are in quarantine,” stated Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director. “We are in close contact with GreenStar and appreciate the steps they are taking to support proper distancing, mask-wearing, hygiene, and density considerations to ensure the health and safety of their employees and patrons.”

Read the full press release here.

Health Advisory: COVID-19 Positive Cases Following Fourth of July Weekend

The Tompkins County Health Department received notification of new positive COVID-19 cases related to Fourth of July social gatherings. Identified cases are connected to out-of-state travel to states with significant increases of the virus. Some of these cases are connected to local social gatherings where distance and mask-wearing were not observed. Read the full pres release for more information and important links.

HABs Alert: Suspicious Harmful Blue-Green Algae in Tompkins County

Multiple suspicious blue-green algae blooms, also known as HABs (Harmful Algal Blooms), have been reported in the Tompkins County portion of Cayuga Lake this week and monitoring is continuing. These blooms can occur in any calm body of water and may produce toxins that are harmful to people and animals. Do not drink the water and avoid contact with the water if it appears discolored or has an unpleasant odor. Read the full press release for more about precautions. The TCHD HABs page has links, images, and precautions.

  • 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

Current Links

  • Higher Education Guidance and links to Cornell, IC, and TC3 COVID-19 pages
  • NYS Travel Advisory in effect requires individuals incoming from designated states to self-quarantine for 14 days
  • In Phase 4, gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed (increased from 25) and indoor religious gatherings of up to 33% of the indoor site's capacity will be allowed (increased from 25%).
  • Interim guidance for lower and moderate risk sports and recreation activities.
  • More Guidance on the Moving Forward Phases page.


As of 07/12/2020 at 4:45pm.   |    Source: TCHD and Cayuga Health System
Total Tested for COVID-19 Pending Results Positive Cases Negative Test Results Recovered
18,625 138 175 18,312 167

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

Where does the data in this table come from? It's explained here.
To review historical Tompkins County data (since 3/14/20) Click Here.
Review COVID-19 metrics: Regional Dashboard, County Tracker.

Cayuga Health Sampling Site
Hours: Mon–Fri, 8:30AM–4:00PM 
To pre-register, call Cayuga Health Call Center at 607-319-5708, or
Need a ride to the Sampling Site? After you register, call 2-1-1 to schedule a safe, free ride with ASAP Cab Company. 2-1-1 is open from 8:30am–5pm to schedule rides to and from the Sampling Site.

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Status of Health Department Services

The Health Department building remains closed to the public as of 6/22/20.

The following Health Department programs are still operating by phone or appointment only (updated 6/22/20) :

  • Environmental Health: operating on a limited basis. Click here for additional information, or call 607-274-6688 for inquiries and/ or an appointment.
  • WIC: is taking appointments via phone call at 607-274-6630. WIC will continue to provide benefits remotely. Click here for more details.
  • Google image of temporary parking arrangements at the health departmentEarly Intervention: providing services through teletherapy. 607-274-6644
  • Preschool Special Education Services: providing services through teletherapy. 607-274-6644
  • Vital Records: via mail or by phone for appointment only, 607-274-6642. Visit the Vital Records webpages for info.
  • Healthy Neighborhoods Program: virtual visits available, call 274-6702
  • SafeCare: telehealth visits, call 274-6604
  • MOMS: telehealth visits, call 274-6604
  • Deliveries and mail: will be received at the main entrance maintaining appropriate social distance (directions are posted at the front door). 
  • Due to parking lot construction, access may be restricted. Delivery drivers should come through the Claritas lot, park temporarily where indicated on the image. Visitors should park in the area designated for visitors.

The following Health Department programs have been suspended:

  • HIV Testing
  • Immunizations

Health inquiries in Tompkins County: 607-274-6604
New York State Hotline for COVID-19: 1-888-364-3065.

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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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