Health Department Urges the Public to Stay Home as COVID-19 Cases Increase


**This is an official update from the Tompkins County Health Department. Tompkins Weekly did not write this article.

(Ithaca, NY – March 27, 2020) – The Tompkins County Health Department was notified today 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:


Stay informed. Get updated information on COVID-19 at:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:


World Health Organization:

Visit the CDC’s Traveler’s Health webpage for the latest travel health notices at:

A hotline is available for New Yorkers to call for information about COVID-19: 1-888-364-3065.

For more information go to the Health Department website:

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