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> COVID19 2020-12-09 Health Alert Potential Public Exposures at 3 Locations

 N E W S   R E L E A S E 

Your Partner for a Healthy Community
Frank Kruppa — Public Health Director


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

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

HEALTH ALERT:  Potential Public Exposures at Triphammer ReUse Center, Mahogany Grill, and TOPS Friendly Markets

(Ithaca, N.Y., December 9, 2020) – The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the public of multiple potential COVID-19 exposures. The Health Department received notification of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 and worked at the locations listed below during the time when they could have infected others. The individuals who tested positive are in isolation and any close contacts are being notified for quarantine.

Potential public exposures include:

Triphammer ReUse Center, 2255 N Triphammer Rd., Ithaca

  • Sunday, December 6, 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Monday, December 7, 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, December 8, 9:00am - 1:45pm

Mahogany Grill, 112 N Aurora St., Ithaca

  • Thursday, December 3, 9:00am - 4:00pm

TOPS Friendly Markets, Meat Counter, 710 S Meadow St., Ithaca

  • Saturday, December 5, 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday, December 6, 8:00am – 5:00pm

If you were at any of the locations above during the dates and times listed, please do the following:

  • It is recommended that you get tested at a Cayuga Health Sampling Site:
    • Mass Sampling Site: The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, 40 Catherwood Rd. Regular hours, Monday-Friday 8:30AM-4:00PM.
    • Downtown Sampling Site: 412 N. Tioga St. Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:00PM
    • Appointment Required. Register for an appointment online at or call the Cayuga Health Call Center at 607-319-5708. Regular hours for the Call Center are Monday-Friday 8:30AM-4:00PM.
  • Monitor your health for any symptoms of cough, fever, congestion, and shortness of breath for 14 days from the last time specified above that you were at this business. 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 specified above that you were at this business. If you become symptomatic, seek testing again.
  • 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 Sites.

Triphammer ReUse shared with the Health Department that they are following COVID-19 precautions and cleaning protocols. Mahogany Grill shared that they closed for two days following notification of the positive cases, tested all employees, and is following all cleaning protocols. TOPS Market reported that they are following all COVID-19 precautions and cleaning protocols. Environmental Health staff consult with all businesses that have a positive case to ensure proper protocols are being followed.

“Anyone who may have been at these businesses during these dates and times should seek a test and closely monitor themselves for symptoms. It is concerning to see more potential points of public exposure in our community and a reminder that the virus is present. The public exposures that we note are often related to employees, however, it is important to recognize that these businesses have customers coming and going who could unknowingly be positive. We all must remain vigilant and limit our exposures. To reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, we’re reminding everyone to continue to wear a mask, stay six feet apart, and consider density when going out,” stated Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director.

A listing of potential public exposures in Tompkins County, recommended steps, and safety guidance is available on our Potential Exposures page.

For local updates and information, check the TCHD website

Individuals who traveled to or from a non-contiguous state must quarantine for a period of 14 days when entering New York or follow the travel-related testing guidelines.  More information about the travel-related testing guidelines can be found 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 non-essential travel.
  • 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. Non-essential gatherings in private residences, indoor or outdoor, are limited to 10 people or less.
  • 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, and follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at @TompkinsHealth.