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COVID-19 Moving Forward

THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING of our community is our top priority. Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) is working closely with community partners to prevent and respond to the evolving novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Moving Forward Together

Keep Tompkins County Healthy & Safe
Consider the following when you go out to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Even while more spaces and businesses begin to open, keeping 6 feet of distance between you and others continues to be an effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19. More info here.

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Avoid entering crowded rooms or areas. Limit occupancy to allow for proper distancing. Monitor the flow of people in your surroundings, and remove yourself if an area becomes too crowded. More info here.

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Face Coverings

Your mask protects others, their mask protects you. The wearing of masks when you can’t guarantee social distancing is a proven way to stop the spread of COVID-19. More info here.

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Hand Hygiene

Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, and consistently cleaning frequently touched surfaces can help to stop the spread COVID-19. More info here.

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Symptoms and Testing

Monitor Your Symptoms. If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or body aches, seek a test & stay home. More info here.
Get Tested: Register online at or call 607-319-5708.

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The 14-day quarantine is critical for preventing the spread of COVID-19. If you are required to quarantine, be responsible: stay at your residence and follow all guidance for the full 14 days. More info here.

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Mental Health

No one should feel like they’re alone. Local mental health services are available for anyone who is having a hard time coping with this community wide crisis. Find more information and local resources here.


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Posters for businesses and workplaces

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IImage of Keep Tompkins Co Healthy & Safe letter size poster Image of the reopening affirmation poster
Welcome Poster image Poster Attention All Visitors Poster Keep Tompkins Save and healthy

Additional posters for download are here.


Safe, high quality childcare is recognized as a critical component to the re-opening process. The EOC is in communication with the Child Development Council, local daycare providers, and summer camp operators to answer questions, plan, and review NYS guidance to determine how and when daycare facilities can open.

The Child Development Council's COVID-19 Services and Resources page includes information on the following:

If you need childcare, call (607) 273-0259 or email

Request masks for a business or organization in Tompkins County
(6/3/20) The supply of cloth masks is currently limited. Use the form to request only the quantity of cloth masks needed for your employees.


Business and Economic Development Partners

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Live Stream COVID-19 Updates with county and EOC leadership

As we Move Forward, county leadership and EOC team members are live streaming COVID-19 updates, responding to questions of interest to local businesses and organizations, and to the community at large. Video recordings are below. Upcoming live stream "town hall" updates are announced on our home page and on social media.

Aug 13, 2020

Previous Live Streams:
July 15, 2020 || June 26, 2020 ||  
Videos from 5/11/2020 on are available on the Tompkins County YouTube Channel

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