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> COVID19 2020-07-11 Non-Customer Facing GreenStar Employee Tests Positive

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TOMPKINS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Your Partner for a Healthy Community
Frank Kruppa — Public Health Director

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, July 11, 2020

For media inquiries: Samantha Hillson, 607-274-6600, shillson@tompkins-co.org
For health inquiries: Community Health Services at 607-274-6604
For general inquiries (non-medical): Call 2-1-1 or 877-211-8667

Cayuga Health COVID-19 Sampling Site: 607-319-5708, cayugahealth.org/
New York State Hotline for COVID-19: 1-888-364-3065

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

(Ithaca, N.Y., July 11, 2020) — 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.

“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. 

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.

Reminders to the public that everyone can continue to take steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community:

  • Keep 6 feet distance between yourself and others when in public.
  • Wear a mask at all times in public spaces, especially when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained.
  • Wash hands well and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms. Individuals presenting symptoms or with concerns about being exposed should seek testing.
    • Testing is at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site, located at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, 40 Catherwood Rd. Mon–Fri, 8:30AM–4:00PM. Pre-register online at cayugahealth.org/ or call the Cayuga Health Registration Line at 607-319-5708.

“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,” stated Frank Kruppa.  

For more information and updates, go to the Health Department website: tompkinscountyny.gov/health.

The Tompkins County Health Department is your partner for a healthy community. Find us online at TompkinsCountyNY.gov/health, and follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/TompkinsPublicHealth and on Twitter at @TompkinsHealth.

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