DRYDEN, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department has announced a potential COVID-19 public exposure alert at the Perkins Funeral Home in Dryden after an attendee of a recent funeral service positive for the coronavirus. Correction: a previous version of this story stated that an employee of the funeral home tested positive. 

The person who tested positive is in isolation currently, and close contacts have been identified and ordered into quarantine. The service took place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, and the funeral home is 55 West Main St. in Dryden.

The health department said the funeral home told them that they have a mask requirement in place and distancing is required at any services held there. It is not clear how many people were in attendance at the service, and the health department said they have not been able to reach all of the attendees directly.

“We extend our sympathy to the family and friends attending this service,” said Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “Anyone who may have been at Perkins Funeral Home during this service should seek a test and closely monitor themselves for symptoms. We are notifying the public of this potential exposure because we were unable to collect contact information for the attendees. 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.”

  • 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.

Matt Butler

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