ITHACA, N.Y. –– An employee at the Ithaca Texas Roadhouse restaurant who tested positive for COVID-19, worked two shifts over the past week while infectious.

The individual who tested positive is in isolation and any close contacts are in quarantine.

The Tompkins County Health Department is now asking anyone who may have dined, or worked at Texas Roadhouse during the following times to get tested for the coronavirus and keep an eye out for any symptoms.

Potential public exposures may have occurred at Texas Roadhouse 719-25 S. Meadow St., Ithaca during the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, November 10, 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 11, 3:30 pm–8:00 pm

“Anyone who may have been at Texas Roadhouse during these times should seek a test and closely monitor themselves for symptoms. Texas Roadhouse shared with us the details of their COVID safety plan, including that they clean all high touch areas in the restaurant throughout the day and screen employees for symptoms daily,” Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa said.

TCHD recommends exposed persons get tested at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site located at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, 40 Catherwood Road. Tests are by appointment only –– to register for an appointment go online to cayugahealthsystem.org or call the Cayuga Health Call Center at 607-319-5708. Regular hours for the Sampling Site and Call Center are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Anyone at the restaurant should monitor their health for any symptoms of cough, fever, congestion, and shortness of breath for 14 days from the date they were at Texas Roadhouse. For a full list of symptoms, go to the TCHD website.

As a precaution, if you seek testing and the result is negative, continue to monitor your health for the full 14 days. If you become symptomatic, seek testing again.

If potentially exposed, Cornell University students should contact Cornell Health at 607-255-5155. It is important that you do not go to an arrival or surveillance testing site. All other students and community members should seek testing at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site.

The health department is taking this outbreak as an opportunity to remind everyone to stay safe.

“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,” Kruppa said in his release.

Anna Lamb

Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at alamb@ithacavoice.com