ITHACA, N.Y. — Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino signed an Executive Order on Tuesday requiring all licensed daycare centers in the county to close Wednesday, March 18 to April 13, 2020.

The decision was made in collaboration with the Tompkins County Health Department, Child Development Council, Human Services Coalition and other community partners.

This does not impact independent childcare or small facilities.

This action was taken to promote social distancing of individuals and protect those who are at higher risk in our community. Those at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 include older adults, those who are immune-compromised or have a chronic medical condition, especially heart or lung disease and diabetes.

Community members should continue to take precautions to help slow the spread of disease:

  • stay home if you are sick
  • cover your cough and sneeze
  • wash your hands well and often.

If you develop symptoms of illness including fever, cough, or trouble breathing, call your healthcare provider before you go to the office.

Clarification: This article was updated with additional information from the county.