ITHACA, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department has announced two more potential COVID-19 public exposures, concerning a passenger on two TCAT bus routes and a worker at the Lansing Tops Markets Bakery.

Both individuals tested positive after the exposures, but were around people during their potentially infectious period. The health department is advising that anyone who was on the bus or who visited the Lansing Tops bakery during these times seek testing.

The individuals who tested positive have been placed into isolation and the close contacts who have been identified are in quarantine.

The potential exposures took place at the Lansing Tops at the following times:

  • Friday, December 11, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 12, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The potential exposures took place on the TCAT buses at the following times on Monday, Dec. 14:

  • Route 14 inbound—Rider boarded at 11:43 a.m. at Elm at West Village, arriving at Green Street Station disembarking at 11:57 a.m.
  • Route 30 outbound—Same rider boarded the 12 p.m. bus at Green Stret Station, disembarking at Highland at Wyckoff at 12:13 p.m.

Guidance from the Health Department follows:

  • 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. The Sampling Site will be closed on December 17 due to weather.
    • 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 sites will be open Saturday, December 19 and Sunday, December 20, 8:00am-4:00pm.
  • 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