ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Health Department announced on Wednesday a local food service worker had tested positive for Coronavirus and had recently worked two shifts while infected.

The worker, employed at Mango Mango Dessert, a restaurant located at 159 Dryden Rd. in Ithaca, worked two shifts, Saturday, March 14 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you ate at this restaurant during the times listed above, TCHD asks the following:

  • Self-quarantine in your home for 14 days from the date you were at the restaurant. Refer here for more information about how to self-quarantine.
  • Monitor your health for any symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath.
  • If you develop symptoms, seek testing at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site located at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, 40 Catherwood Rd., between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pre-register online https://cayugahealthsystem.org/ or call the Cayuga Health Registration Line at 607-319-5708.

“As more cases have been identified we have been preparing for situations where a broader segment of the population may have been exposed. Communications like this are meant to reduce further exposure by encouraging individuals who may have come in contact to act in the community’s best interest and self-quarantine even if they are not exhibiting symptoms,” stated Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director.

Kruppa, while giving an update to the Tompkins County Legislature last week, was asked why — in comparison with other county health departments in New York — TCHD was releasing so little information regarding who tested positive. Kruppa explained that, along with privacy concerns, there was no need to inform the public of details of the early positives because it should not impact how people were behaving — hand washing, social distancing.

He added, that if there was a situation where a contact investigation could not be completed because an individual was exposed to unknown amounts of people, then TCHD would move to release more detailed information to the public.

“If we had a situation where we had a case and say they went to a party in the city of Ithaca and we didn’t know who was at the party, we would tell the community,” Kruppa told the legislature. “That may happen, it’s happened before, this is what we do…It’s not because we want to withhold information from people.”

Now that it appears that has happened, TCHD wants to remind people of how they can continue to help “flatten the curve.”

  • Stay home, even if you don’t feel sick, unless absolutely necessary.
  • Keep 6 feet distance between yourself and others.
  • Minimize in-person contact.
  • Social Distancing does not mean emotional isolation, check on friends, coworkers, neighbors through phone and text.
  • Wash hands well and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.