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Health Alert UPDATE: GreenStar Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19 - Additional Shift

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Tompkins County Health Department received notification that a GreenStar employee tested positive for COVID-19. The individual worked multiple shifts at the GreenStar location at 770 Cascadilla Street last weekend.

Today, the Health Department was informed of an additional shift worked by the employee who tested positive with COVID-19. Potential exposures may have occurred during three shifts at GreenStar:

  • Friday, May 8, 7:00AM – 3:15PM
  • Saturday, May 9, 7:00AM – 3:15PM 
  • Monday, May 11, 10:30AM - 7:00PM

If you shopped at GreenStar during the dates and times above, please do the following:

  • It is recommended that you get tested at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site located at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, 40 Catherwood Rd., between the hours of 10am-3pm Monday through Friday. Sampling site hours for Friday, May 15th have been extended to 9am-4pm. Pre-register online cayugahealth.org/ or call the Cayuga Health Registration Line at 607-319-5708.
  • Self-quarantine in your home for 14 days from the last date you shopped at GreenStar. Refer here for more information about how to self-quarantine.
  • If you seek testing and the result is negative, continue to self-quarantine and monitor yourself for the full 14 days from the last time you shopped at GreenStar. If you become symptomatic, seek testing again.
  • Monitor your health for any symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath.

“As we approach the reopening phases, individuals who are sick must seek testing and stay home. We are encouraging people to be cautious and continue to consider density, distance, face coverings, and hand washing to continue to stop the spread of COVID-19.” stated Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director.

“We appreciate the steps GreenStar has taken to date and are implementing moving forward to ensure the health and safety of their employees and patrons,” said Kruppa. “GreenStar employees are encouraged to follow instructions provided by their employer due to the nature of their being essential.”

The public needs to prevent the spread of COVID-19 not just to protect themselves, but others in our community who are most vulnerable to getting very sick – older adults, those who are immune-compromised, and those with underlying chronic health conditions. Everyone can continue to take these steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community:

· Stay home, even if you don’t feel sick, unless absolutely necessary.

· Wash hands well and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

· Keep 6 feet distance between yourself and others when in public.

· Wear a cloth face covering in public settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained

· Avoid close contact with other people.

· Cover coughs and sneezes.

· Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly.

As this situation evolves, check the TCHD website for updates. Our Moving Forward page can be found here.

TCHD Frequently Asked Questions are here.