TRUMANSBURG, N.Y. — The Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services (CARS) facility in Trumansburg has closed to new patients after a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus, according to CARS officials Wednesday. The in-patient, residential facility serves men only (as of August) recovering from substance abuse issues.

An announcement from the treatment facility said that due to the positive test CARS is subsequently unable to take new patients for the time being; they will likely be unable to accept new patients for at least two weeks.

“We are working with and applying the excellent guidance of NYS-OASAS and the Health Department to resolve this situation as quickly and effectively as possible,” said Brad Walworth, CARS’ communication manager. “The continued good health of our residential clients and staff is our highest priority.”

Walworth said that the Health Department’s contact tracing had identified several members of staff who were around the person who tested positive for an extended amount of time.

“The Health Department identified 10 staff members that they felt had ‘significant exposure’ to the residential staff person who had received the positive COVID test result,” he said. “Most staff, as well as all clients, have been tested so far. Our residential nursing department has been able to do testing for this on-site, and we expect results by Friday.”

The 10 staffers will have to quarantine if they are symptomatic, but with their status as essential healthcare workers, as long as they are not showing symptoms of COVID they are allowed to work unless they test positive; they are expected to be home and isolating if they aren’t at work. The full duration of the closing will depend on the return of the test results, Walworth said.

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Information for patients who were recently discharged has been provided to the health department for continued tracking. Walworth said the CARS staff continues to sanitize, clean, use PPE and screen people entering the building.

Questions about the Trumansburg facility can be directed to the residential admissions department at (607) 275-5678 or at admissions@carsny.org.

Walworth went on to say that the outpatient CARS facility at 334 W. Martin Luther King Jr./State Street has not been affected, and that services continue.

That facility continues to operate and accept new clients, reachable at (607) 391-1038.

Matt Butler

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