UPDATE: 4:17 P.M., THURSDAY, MAY 14 — The Tompkins County Health Department gave an update Thursday that the GreenStar Food Co+op employee that tested positive for COVID-19 worked an additional shift on Monday, May 11, that was not previously announced.

“Today, the Health Department was informed of an additional shift worked by the employee who tested positive with COVID-19. Potential exposures may have occurred during three shifts at GreenStar,” said TCHD in a release.

The three shifts the employee worked were:

  • Friday, May 8, 7:00AM – 3:15PM
  • Saturday, May 9, 7:00AM – 3:15PM
  • Monday, May 11, 10:30AM – 7:00PM

If you shopped at GreenStar at 770 Cascadilla Street at any of the above dates and times, TCHD recommends:

  • 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. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Sampling site hours for Friday, May 15 have been extended to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-register online cayugahealth.org/ or call the Cayuga Health Registration Line at 607-319-5708
  • Self-quarantine in your home for 14 days from the last date you shopped at GreenStar. 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 shopped at GreenStar. If you become symptomatic, seek testing again.
  • Monitor your health for any symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath.

GreenStar also issued a statement letting the public know of the steps the store has taken to ensure the safety of patrons and informing the public that other employees that may have worked with the one that tested positive have been informed about the next steps.

“GreenStar is mandated to maintain confidentiality and cannot disclose the person’s identity, nor the department in which the person worked. Please note, not ALL staff and shoppers have been ‘exposed’ to this confirmed case, as defined by public health authorities,” said GreenStar’s General Manager Brandon Kane in a statement issued Wednesday. “The staff persons who may have been in close contact with the affected employee have already been notified and the public health department is working with them to facilitate testing and follow-up actions. The Tompkins County Public Health Department considers ‘close contact”’to be in physical proximity under 6 feet and for prolonged periods of time.”

Earlier —

ITHACA, N.Y. — An employee of GreenStar Food Co+op that worked shifts over the weekend has tested positive for COVID-19 according to an alert from the Tompkins County Department of Health sent Wednesday.

The individual worked two shifts at the GreenStar location at 770 Cascadilla Street over the weekend. Members of the public may have been exposed to the employee during those two shifts.

“As we approach the reopening phases, individuals who are sick must seek testing and stay home. We are encouraging people to be cautious and continue to consider density, distance, face coverings, and handwashing to continue to stop the spread of COVID-19.” said Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County Public Health Director.v “We appreciate the steps GreenStar has taken to date and are implementing moving forward to ensure the health and safety of their employees and patrons. GreenStar employees are encouraged to follow instructions provided by their employer due to the nature of their being essential.”

The shifts were:

Friday, May 8, 7 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, 7 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

If you shopped at GreenStar during the dates and times above, TCHD asks you to 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 10am-3pm Monday through Friday. Pre-register online cayugahealth.org/ or call the Cayuga Health Registration Line at 607-319-5708.
  • Self-quarantine in your home for 14 days from the last date you shopped at GreenStar. 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 shopped at GreenStar. If you become symptomatic, seek testing again.
  • Monitor your health for any symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath.

TCHD is reminding residents that mitigation efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 not just to protect themselves, but others in our community who are most vulnerable to getting very sick – older adults, those who are immune-compromised, and those with underlying chronic health conditions.

TCHD encourages everyone to take these steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community:

  • Stay home, even if you don’t feel sick, unless absolutely necessary.
  • Wash hands well and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep 6 feet distance between yourself and others when in public.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Avoid close contact with other people.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly.