TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Health Department issued a health alert Thursday after an individual who rode on a Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) bus on Wednesday, Aug. 26, tested positive for COVID-19.

“The potential public exposures that we identified were while the individual was riding the bus. It is important that anyone who was a passenger during this time on route 30 get tested and monitor themselves for symptoms. Everyone must continue to be cautious and consider density, keep distance, wear face coverings, and wash hands well and often to stop the spread of COVID-19,” stated Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director.

Potential exposures may have occured during the following times on bus route 30.

  • Route 30 outbound: 11:51 a.m. to 2:26 p.m. to the Shops at Ithaca Mall
  • Route 30 inbound: 2:28 p.m. to 2:51 p.m. to Seneca Street.

You you were a passenger on one of these buses, the health department recommends the following:

  • It is recommended that you get tested for COVID-19. Testing is available:
    • Cayuga Health Sampling Site located at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, 40 Catherwood Rd. Register for an appointment online at cayugahealthsystem.org or call the Cayuga Health Call Center at (607) 319-5708. Regular hours for the Sampling Site and Call Center are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • If potentially exposed, Cornell University students should contact Cornell Health at 607-255-5155; do not go to an arrival or surveillance testing site.
    • All other students and community members should seek testing at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site.
    • If you need transportation assistance to the Cayuga Health Sampling Site, call 2-1-1 after you have registered and made a testing appointment. 2-1-1 is available 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to help with transportation options to the Sampling Site.
  • Monitor your health for any symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath for 14 days from your ride on August 26. For a full list of symptoms, go to the TCHD website.
  • If you seek testing and the result is negative, continue to monitor your health for 14 days from your ride on August 26. If you become symptomatic, seek testing again.

“Protecting our riders and employees throughout this pandemic remains our top priority,” said TCAT General Manager Scot Vanderpool. “We are grateful that we have strong partnerships with the Tompkins County Health Department and many of our other local stakeholders all of whom are striving diligently to keep our community safe. Together we continue to require everyone on our buses — or anywhere in public – to wear face coverings, to self-monitor for symptoms and to stay home and contact medical professionals if they are sick.”