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Health Advisory Update: Public Urged to Stay Home as COVID-19 Cases Increase

Friday, March 27, 2020

The Tompkins County Health Department was notified today (3/27) about 16 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in our community, bringing our total to 48 cases. As the number of positive test results has increased, we have evidence of community spread.

Community spread is defined when individuals are infected by each other with the virus, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

“Community spread reinforces the need to be vigilant in staying home. We recognize the sacrifices being made by everyone to adapt as we work together through this time of crisis,” states Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director. “We all play a role in stopping the spread of COVID-19.”

Steps we can all take to stop the spread:

  • Stay home as much as possible, with the exception of essential workers.
  • Keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.
  • Wash hands well and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Limit all outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities that put you in close contact with people
  • Those at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, including older adults, those who are immune-compromised, or have a chronic medical condition, especially heart or lung disease, and diabetes, should refrain from in-person contact with others.

If you have symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, seek testing:

Cayuga Health Sampling Site:

-The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, 40 Catherwood Rd., between the hours of 10am-3pm Monday through Friday.

-Go online to pre-register:

-Call Cayuga Health call center at 607-319-5708 No order is necessary if you have symptoms and/or contact with COVID-19 positive individuals

-Testing is free of charge to individuals.

If you are unable to seek testing, self-isolate in your home and contact a healthcare provider. As this situation evolves, check the TCHD website for updates. Frequently Asked Questions are here: