**This is a community announcement from the Tompkins County Health Department. Tompkins Weekly did not write this article.**
(Ithaca, N.Y., March 11, 2020) — The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) continues to work closely with community partners in response to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak. While there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York State (the most updated numbers are on the NYS Department of Health website), there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins County.The best ways to protect yourself and slow the spread of illness are to take everyday actions - stay home if you are sick, cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or elbow, and wash your hands well and often.“We recognize that our community is concerned about large gatherings and upcoming community events,” said Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director. “It is important that we give each other permission to practice social distancing, including staying home if you are sick and simple actions such as elbow bumps instead of handshakes and hugs.”Anyone who is at risk for serious illness from COVID-19: older adults, those who are immune-compromised, or have a chronic medical condition, especially heart or lung disease, and diabetes, should consider their interaction in the community. This may include avoiding crowds, staying away from others who are sick, and making sure you have the supplies and medications that you need. These are the same precautions that any of these groups should be taking during flu season. See more guidance from the CDC.For community events, meetings, and gatherings of any size, TCHD recommends taking the following steps to prevent and reduce the spread of disease:
A reminder that TCHD will update numbers daily on the Health Department website regarding those in quarantine, test results pending, and confirmed cases. We currently have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins County.
If you develop symptoms of illness including fever, cough, or trouble breathing, call your healthcare provider before you go to the office.
As this situation evolves, TCHD will continue to send out updates and check the website for updates.
For more information call the Health Department at 607-274-6604, or go to TompkinsCountyNY.gov/health/factsheets/coronavirus
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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