TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The newest potential public exposure alert from the Tompkins County Health Department is from BJ’s Wholesale Club in Ithaca, where an employee worked five times over the last 10 days and could have potentially exposed the public to the coronavirus.

The person who tested positive is in isolation, and close contacts have been identified and are in quarantine.

The impacted times are as follows:

  • Tuesday, November 10, 7:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 11, 1:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
  • Friday, November 13, 7:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 14, 1:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 15, 7:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

“Anyone who may have been at BJ’s during these times should seek a test and closely monitor themselves for symptoms,” said Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “To reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, we’re reminding everyone to continue to wear a mask, stay six feet apart, and consider density when going out.”

BJ’s is also implementing additional safety measures, including a thorough overnight sanitation of the store, hourly cleaning checklists, mask requirements and social distancing enforcement.

For those who were at the BJ’s in Ithaca during those times, the Health Department’s directions are as follows:

  • 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 cayugahealthsystem.org or call the Cayuga Health Call Center at 607-319-5708. Regular hours for the Sampling Site and Call Center are Monday-Friday 8:30AM-4:00PM. The Sampling Site will be open this Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 from 8:00AM-1:00PM.
  • Monitor your health for any symptoms of cough, fever, congestion, and shortness of breath for 14 days from the last time specified above that you were at this restaurant. 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 specified above that you were at this store. If you become symptomatic, seek testing again.
  • 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.

Matt Butler

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