ITHACA, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department has announced a potential public COVID-19 exposure stemming from an employee at the Ithaca Walmart who tested positive and worked three shifts when they could’ve potentially infected others.

The person who tested positive is in isolation, and any close contacts of the person are in quarantine.

The health department is recommending that people who went to the Ithaca Walmart during the following times get tested for COVID-19:

  • Monday, Nov. 2, 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3, 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 9, 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For anyone who was at Walmart during those times, here are the health department’s recommendations:

  • Schedule a test at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site, located around the back of the Shops at the Ithaca Mall parking lot. Appointments can be scheduled at cayugahealthsystem.org or by calling the Cayuga Health Call Center at (607) 319-5708. The site is open normally from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monitor your health for any symptoms including cough, fever, congestion and shortness of breath for 14 days from the last time you were at Walmart.
  • Even if your test results is negative, continue monitoring your health for 14 days from the last time you were at Walmart. If you become symptomatic, schedule another test.
  • For Cornell University students: contact Cornell Health at (607) 255-5155, but do not go to an arrival or surveillance testing site.

“Anyone who may have been at Walmart during these times should seek a test and closely monitor themselves for symptoms. Walmart has a thorough nightly cleaning protocol in place, and requires masks be worn by all staff and customers,” said Frank Kruppa, the county’s Public Health Director. “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.”

Matt Butler

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