UPDATE: 8:24 P.M. — Ithaca College President Shirley Collado confirmed in a message to the campus community Monday night that “another member of our campus community has tested positive for the coronavirus.”
Collado said the college was informed Monday by Tompkins County Health Department officials that a test, taken from this individual on March 11, had come back positive. The person has been in home-isolation since the test was conducted and nurses from TCHD are conducting a contact investigation.
“It is important for you to know that the health department does not believe that this case and the initial coronavirus case we communicated with you about on Sunday, March 15, are related,” said “Additionally, according to the health department, there remains no generalized risk to the wider Ithaca College community as a result of these two positive test results.”
The message goes on to say that TCHD will reach out to any Ithaca College community members if they believe they need to evaluate whether any further steps, such as self-quarantine or testing, may be necessary.
President Collado also says that the college will no longer be releasing individual statements regarding individual cases as COVID-19 “gains traction in Tompkins County.”
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ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Health Department has announced the county’s second case of COVID-19.
In a release Monday afternoon, TCHD said they had been notified of a second positive test. The individual has been in isolation since the samples were collected for testing. TCHD public health nurses have begun a contact investigation to determine if there were any additional exposures.
“Tompkins County now has its second positive case of COVID-19. While we continue to prepare to limit the community spread of this virus, we want to assure residents that we are working closely with local agencies to mitigate future exposure,” stated Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director.
TCHD is also continuing to remind residents that, if you do 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.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/
Visit the CDC’s Traveler’s Health webpage for the latest travel health notices at: https://www.cdc.gov/
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: https://tompkinscountyny.gov/
Frequently Asked Questions are here: https://tompkinscountyny.gov/
This is a developing story, check back for updates.