TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.— The Tompkins County Health Department announced Friday night three new possibilities for public exposures to the coronavirus at Ithaca Ale House, Liquid State Brewing Company and Wegmans.

The health department stated that the exposures, which come from two people testing positive, were one employee of the Ithaca Wegmans location and one person who dined at the Ale House and Liquid State Brewing, all located in Ithaca. Both people are now in isolation.

“The Health Department received notification of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and dined at Ithaca Ale House and Liquid State Brewing Company during their infectious period,” the health department said. “Another individual who tested positive for COVID-19 worked multiple shifts as a cashier at the Ithaca Wegmans. Both individuals are residents of other Counties, and their respective Counties are managing contact investigations. Close contacts of the individuals will be contacted by the respective County’s Health Department.”

Exposure warnings are being issued for people who were at the following places at the following times:

Ithaca Ale House on Friday, Oct. 9 from 7-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 10 from 2:30-4 p.m.

Liquid State Brewing Company on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 4-7 p.m.

Wegmans on Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 5-8:30 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 8 from 5-8:45 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 10 from 4:45-9:15 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 11 2-8 p.m.

People who were in those places at those times are being asked to receive a COVID-19 test by registering for an appointment at cayugahealthsystem.org or by calling the Cayuga Health Call Center at (607) 319-5708. In response, Cayuga Health is extending hours for the mobile testing site behind the Shops at Ithaca Mall on Sunday, Oct. 18 and Monday, Oct. 19, to accommodate individuals that may be exposed. The site’s regular hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those who think they may have been exposed should monitor their health for any symptoms for 14 days, even if they test negative initially.

“These businesses closely follow COVID-19 safety protocols, operating with distancing, barriers, mask-wearing guidelines, and cleaning procedures,” said Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “We are sharing information related to a positive customer due to the length of time that they were at these establishments, and that people do not wear masks while eating or drinking. It is important for the public to remember to wear a mask and keep six feet apart from others to stop the spread of the disease.”

Kruppa said the latest exposures are part of a growing trend of people not knowing they were exposed beforehand, something indicative of more subtle community spread instead of finding clusters of positive cases.

We share the community’s concern with another increase in cases not associated with a clear cluster,” he said. “When you are not at work, school, or other essential outings, please carefully consider your interactions with others. We have seen entire households test positive in our County; once there is one positive case, COVID-19 spreads quickly. Please consider how you might be putting others at risk if you are not careful and monitor yourself for symptoms.”

Additionally, the health department announced 14 new coronavirus cases, with three recoveries. After one person was discharged from the hospital, four people are still hospitalized, and there are 57 active cases in the county.

Matt Butler

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