ITHACA, N.Y.—Cayuga Health’s COVID-19 sampling site at the Shops at Ithaca Mall will be open for additional hours on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Tompkins County Health Department said the extra hours will hopefully help address testing demand after several public exposure announcements over the last week or two.

“As more community members are seeking testing for COVID-19, Cayuga Health is adding hours to help meet the demand,” said Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County’s Public Health Director. “Testing continues to be a critical tool to stop the spread of the disease, and along with wearing masks and keeping distance from one another, please continue to monitor yourself for symptoms. Seek a test if you are symptomatic or have been a close contact with someone who has tested positive. (…) The recent increase in community spread across the Southern Tier region and here in Tompkins County is a reminder that we all need to be vigilant and take our role in stopping the spread seriously.”

Transportation is still being offered to the sampling site, available by calling 2-1-1 after registering for a testing appointment. The phone service is available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to schedule a ride. The sampling site is located behind the Shops at Ithaca Mall in its parking lot, and people can sign up for an appointment online at cayugahealth.org or call the Cayuga Health Call Center (607) 319-5708. Regular hours for the site and call center are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Up to date information can be found here.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com