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> COVID19 2020-10-16 Public Exposures

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 16, 2020

For media inquiries: Samantha Hillson, 607-274-6714, 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 Hot-line for COVID-19: 1-888-364-3065

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

(ITHACA, N.Y., October 16, 2020) – 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.

Potential public exposures may have occurred at Ithaca Ale House, 111 N Aurora St., Ithaca during the following dates and times:

  • Friday, October 9: 7:00-8:30pm
  • Saturday, October 10: 2:30-4:00pm

Potential public exposures may have occurred at Liquid State Brewing Company, 620 W Green St., Ithaca during the following dates and times:

  • Saturday, October 10: 4:00-7:00pm

 Potential public exposures may have occurred at Wegmans, 500 S Meadow St., Ithaca during the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, October 7: 5:00-8:30pm
  • Thursday, October 8: 5:00-8:45pm
  • Saturday, October 10: 4:45-9:15pm
  • Sunday, October 11: 2:00-8:00pm

If you were at any of these businesses during the dates and times above, 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 cayugahealthsystem.org  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.

“These businesses closely follow COVID-19 safety protocols, operating with distancing, barriers, mask-wearing guidelines, and cleaning procedures. We are sharing information related to a positive customer due to the length of time that they were at these establishments, and that people do not wear masks while eating or drinking. It is important for the public to remember to wear a mask and keep six feet apart from others to stop the spread of the disease,” stated Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director.

Since October 1, the County has reported 90 new positive cases, with 50 cases being released from isolation (recovered), leaving the active case count at 57 cases. The Health Department is finding that more recent positive cases do not know where they may have been exposed to the disease, reflected in the ongoing source of exposure chart published by the department. The recent increase in unknown exposure suggests a higher degree of community spread in Tompkins County. New York’s Southern Tier region, which includes Tompkins County, has seen a significant increase in cases over the past month, as noted previously in a Health Alert  issued by the Health Department.

“We share the community’s concern with another increase in cases not associated with a clear cluster. When you are not at work, school, or other essential outings, please carefully consider your interactions with others.We have seen entire households test positive in our County; once there is one positive case, COVID-19 spreads quickly. Please consider how you might be putting others at risk if you are not careful and monitor yourself for symptoms,” urged Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director.


For local updates and information, check the TCHD website

Individuals who have traveled to a state with significant community spread listed on the NYS Travel Advisory must quarantine for 14 days. See an up-to-date list of states on the NYS Travel Advisory webpage. For more information about how to quarantine, refer to the TCHD website

Everyone can continue to take these steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community:

  • Refrain from traveling to states listed in the New York Travel Advisory.
  • 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. Masks and face coverings must be worn by everyone over age two at all times in public places when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained. Fines are enforceable for individuals who are in violation of these regulations. Businesses must deny entry to anyone who is not wearing a face covering.
  • Non-essential gatherings are limited to 50 people for our region, but must comply with distancing and face covering guidance.
  • Wash hands well and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close and continued contact with other people not in your household.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

To file a complaint about a business or social gathering go to the TCHD website.

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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