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COVID19 2020-12-15 HEALTH ALERT: Potential Public Exposure at Wegmans Sub Shop and Downtown Post Office

The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the public of two potential COVID-19 exposures. The Health Department received notification of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and worked at the Wegmans Sub Shop during the time when they could have infected others. Another individual who tested positive was a customer at the Downtown Ithaca U.S. Postal Service office during the time when they could have infected others. The individuals who tested positive are in isolation and the close contacts identified are in quarantine.

Potential public exposure may have occurred at Wegmans Sub Shop, 500 S Meadow St., Ithaca

  • Saturday, December 5, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Monday, December 7, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Potential public exposure may have occurred at the U.S. Postal Service, 213 N. Tioga St., Ithaca  during the following date and time:

  • Friday, December 11, 3:00pm – 3:30pm

If you were at Wegmans Sub Shop or at the U.S. Postal Service during the dates and times above, 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 cayugahealthsystem.org 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.

Wegmans shared with the Health Department that they are following COVID-19 precautions and cleaning protocols. The customer at the U.S. Postal Service wore a mask, but was not always able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others when inside.

“Anyone who may have been at Wegmans Sub Shop or the Downtown U.S. Postal Service office during the dates and times listed above should seek a test and closely monitor themselves for symptoms. Out of an abundance of caution, we are notifying the public of these potential exposures because we continue to see a rise in cases. 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 full list of public exposure notices is available here on the Health Department website.


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 TompkinsCountyNY.gov/health, and follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/TompkinsPublicHealth and on Twitter at @TompkinsHealth.

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