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Health Department Reports Two COVID-19 Deaths of Fully Vaccinated Tompkins County Residents

(9/15/2021) The Tompkins County Health Department is reporting two COVID-19 related deaths of Tompkins County residents that occurred on September 13. TCHD has confirmed that both patients who passed away at Cayuga Medical Center were fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and that both were elders.

Additional information and precautions are in the full press release.

Rabies Vaccination Clinics This Saturday, Sept 18 and Oct 2

(9/13/2021) The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) is holding two drive-through rabies clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets for the fall of 2021.

The dates are this Saturday, September 18 and Sat., October 2, 2021. Both are from 10:00 AM–1:00 PM, at the TCAT Bus Garage, 737 Willow Avenue, Ithaca.

Preregistration is required from 10:00–11:30 AM, and recommended for appointments 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Preregister by calling the Health Department at 607-274-6688 or through the website:

Additional information is in 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.

Back to School Immunizations

(9/7/2021) Keeping children up to date with their childhood vaccinations prevents illnesses such as whooping cough, measles, and the other vaccine preventable diseases. In New York, these are steps to take to be ready for starting school:

  • Proof of immunization must be provided within 14 calendar days after the first day of school instruction in September.
  • The student must have at least 1 dose of all age-appropriate required immunizations.
  • Within 30 days of the first day of attendance, students must have age-appropriate appointments scheduled for the next follow-up doses to complete the immunizations series in accordance with the CDC catch-up schedule.

For more information, see the full press release.

HABs Alert: Harmful Algal Blooms in Tompkins County

(9/2/2021) Suspicious cyanobacteria blooms, commonly referred to as Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), continue to be reported in the Tompkins County portion of Cayuga Lake. These blooms may be small in size and confined to specific areas of the shoreline and bays. Blooms are often transient, typically lasting only a few hours. They can occur in any calm body of water and may produce toxins that are harmful to people and animals. Areas where blooms are not observed can continue to be used for recreational use. For identifying characteristics and precautions, click here for the full press release.

Health Department is Hiring: Multiple Employment Opportunities to Join the COVID-19 Response Team

(8/31/2021) Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) is announcing recruitment for three types of positions to support the Tompkins County COVID-19 Response Team: Registered Professional Nurses to serve as per-diem case investigators, Project Assistants to assist with case monitoring efforts, and a Driver for the COVID-19 testing program. These temporary positions will increase the capacity of the Health Department team as we experience an increase in COVID-19 cases. Detailed descriptions and application links are in 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 9/16/2021 at 7:45am    |    Source: TCHD and NYS DOH ECLRS
Total Tests Daily Tests New Positive Cases Total Positive Cases Released from Isolation Active Cases
1,383,157 3,773 38 5,883 5,619 227

Source: Cayuga Health System and TCHD
COVID-19 Hospitalizations
Total TC Resident Deaths  
11 37  

Tompkins County Residents
(Source: NYS Vaccine Tracker)
NYS Vaccine Tracker 1st Dose NYS Vaccine Tracker Completed
74,291 69,261

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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