TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department has announced another potential public exposure on a TCAT bus route that happened last weekend, in which a person who tested positive for COVID-19 rode a bus and potentially exposed people.

The person rode the bus at the following times:

  • Saturday, Nov. 28, inbound from Overlook Apartments to Walmart from 1:35 p.m. to 1:55 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 30, inbound from Overlook Apartments to Walmart from 1:35 p.m. to 1:55 p.m.

The person who tested positive is now in isolation and all close contacts have been identified.

“Following our contact investigation, the potential public exposures identified were while the individual was riding the bus,” Public Health Director Frank Kruppa stated. “Out of an abundance of caution, anyone who was a passenger during these times on route 14S should get tested and monitor themselves for symptoms. Everyone must continue to be caution and consider density, keep distance, wear face coverings and wash hands well and often to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

It is recommended that you get tested at a Cayuga Health Sampling Site:

  • Mass Sampling Site: The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, 40 Catherwood Rd. Regular hours, Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:00pm.
  • Downtown Sampling Site: 412 N. Tioga St. Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Appointment Required. Register for an appointment online at cayugahealthsystem.org or call the Cayuga Health Call Center at 607-319-5708. Regular hours for the Call Center are Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:00pm.
  • Both Sampling Sites have additional hours this weekend:

                 o  Sunday, December 6, 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 business. 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 business. 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 Sites.

Matt Butler

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