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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Cayuga Health Sampling Site for Tompkins County Residents

Note Changes in Sampling Site Hours for May 18-25, 2020
  • Monday, 5/18: 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
  • Tuesday, 5/19: 8:30 AM–4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, 5/20: 8:30 AM–4:00 PM
  • Thursday, 5/21: 8:30 AM–6:30 PM
  • Friday, 5/22: 8:30 AM–4:00 PM
  • Saturday, 5/23: 8:30 AM–12:00 Noon
  • Monday, 5/25: CLOSED for Memorial Day

Pre-register online at or call 607-319-5708.

As part of our community’s effort to “flatten the curve” and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Tompkins County, the Cayuga Health Sampling Site was opened on March 24, at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, 40 Catherwood Rd. Site hours are 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pre-register online at or call 607-319-5708.

    • This is a drive-thru site, where everything will be completed while you remain in your vehicle.
    • Patients who meet screening criteria (see “Who can get tested?”) can go online or call to pre-register.
    • Those not requiring testing are requested to please continue to practice social distancing and stay home.

Scroll down for information on what to expect at the Sampling Site

Who can get tested?

Tompkins County Residents are encouraged to get tested if any one of the following is true:

  1. Have had a recent onset of fever, cough, shortness of breath, or body aches
  2. Have been in the same room with a person confirmed positive with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  3. Were in a situation identified by a TCHD Health Advisory that recommends individuals get tested, such as at a retail store where a worker tested positive (see examples in recent press releases).  

Essential workers may now also be tested. An executive order outlined 4/25 by Gov. Cuomo expanded the criteria for testing to include all first responders, health care workers, and essential employees to be tested for COVID-19 even if they aren't symptomatic. Click here for the 4/26 press release from TCHD Director Frank Kruppa.

What should I expect?

At the testing site:

  • Remain in your car and tune your radio to 96.3 FM for information and instructions.
  • A medical professional will use a swab to take a nasal and throat sample.
  • You will be given instructions about mandatory home isolation and you must go straight home.
What happens while I wait for results?
  • Results can take up to one week.
  • You must remain in isolation at home until you get your test results; this means stay separated from all others.
  • A staff person from Cayuga Health Partners will check-in daily with you to make sure you are maintaining isolation, that you do not have new symptoms, or need medical treatment.
  • Only in the case of an emergency, call 911
How will I get my result?
  • If your test result is negative, a staff person from Cayuga Health Partners will provide the test result.
  • You may be released from isolation following a negative test result and once you do not have symptoms for at least 24 hours.
  • If the test comes back positive, a public health nurse from the Tompkins County Health Department will follow-up with guidance and will conduct a thorough contact investigation.
What if I don't have transportation?
  • After you have registered, call 2-1-1 to schedule a safe and free ride with ASAP Cab Company. 2-1-1 is available 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. to schedule rides to the Sampling Site.

How do I register?


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