TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — A Boatyard Grill employee has tested positive for COVID-19 and potentially exposed the public to the virus, according to a release from the Tompkins County Health Department.

The employee worked at the restaurant, located at 525 Taughannock Boulevard in Ithaca, from 4 to 11 p.m. on: Friday, Aug. 28, Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30. The health department said it does not appear that the employee is connected to any other identified positive case currently, although the contact investigation is ongoing. The individual is in isolation, and any close contacts are being encouraged to receive a test and will be placed in mandatory quarantine while awaiting their results. Essential workers who are close contacts will be allowed to return to work after testing negative and if not symptomatic, but must quarantine while not working.

“The Boatyard notified their staff right away and is taking all necessary precautions,” County Health Director Frank Kruppa said. “They continue to closely follow their reopening plan requiring staff to wear masks at all times, distance between tables, and thorough cleaning of their facility several times a week. Implementing these plans and precautions is crucial to creating a safe environment for staff and patrons and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

The health department is encouraging anyone who dined at the Boatyard Grill during those times to get tested. The following steps were outlined in the county’s release for those who believe they may have been exposed at the restaurant:

  • 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. Register for an appointment online at or call the Cayuga Health Call Center at 607-319-5708. Regular hours for the Sampling Site and Call Center are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Sampling Site will have special hours on Saturday, September 5 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. because they are closed on Monday for Labor Day.
  • If potentially exposed, Cornell University students should contact Cornell Health at 607-255-5155do not go to an arrival or surveillance testing site.
  • All other students and community members should seek testing at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site.
  • Monitor your health for any symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath for 14 days from the last time you dined at The Boatyard Grill. 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 the full 14 days from the last time you dined at The Boatyard Grill. If you become symptomatic, seek testing again.

Matt Butler

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