COVID-19 14 MIrabito Gas station closing - Crossroads Carryout REIS_D20200416JR1

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Health Department announced Thursday that an employee who works at the Lansing Mirabito Convenience Store has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Ithaca Voice received a tip on Thursday morning that the location had closed abruptly overnight with a sign hung in the window informing patrons the location would be closed until April 20 for cleaning. An announcement from TCHD early Thursday afternoon confirmed that the closure was due to COVID-19.

“Following a thorough contact investigation by our nurses, it was determined that to reduce further exposure, we are encouraging individuals who may have come in contact with the infected individual to act in the community’s best interest, get tested, and self-quarantine even if they are not exhibiting symptoms,” stated Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director.

Potential exposures may have occurred during two shifts at Mirabito, located at 32 Peruville Rd., Lansing, NY:

  • Thursday, April 9, 8:45 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Friday, April 10, 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM

TCHD is asking those individuals who entered the store during the dates and times above, please do the following:

  • It is recommended that you get tested 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 cayugahealth.org/ or call the Cayuga Health Call Center at 607-319-5708.
  • Self-quarantine in your home for 14 days from the last date you were inside the Convenience Store. Refer here for more information about how to self-quarantine.
  • If you seek testing and the result is negative, continue to self-quarantine and monitor yourself for the full 14 days from the last time you were inside the Convenience Store. If you become symptomatic, seek testing again.
  • Monitor your health for any symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath.

County health officials say that if you pumped gas or used the drive-thru, but did not go inside, you do not need to seek testing.

Photo courtesy of Jon Reis.