TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department has learned that workers at the Ithaca Tops location, Mahogany Grill restaurant and the Triphammer ReUse Center tested positive during the last week and worked during their potentially infectious period.

The people who tested positive are in isolation and any close contacts are being notified for quarantine.

Triphammer ReUse Center, 2255 N Triphammer Rd., Ithaca

  • Sunday, December 6, 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Monday, December 7, 9:00am – 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, December 8, 9:00am – 1:45pm

Mahogany Grill, 112 N Aurora St., Ithaca

  • Thursday, December 3, 9:00am – 4:00pm

TOPS Friendly Markets, Meat Counter, 710 S Meadow St., Ithaca

  • Saturday, December 5, 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday, December 6, 8:00am – 5:00pm

“Anyone who may have been at these businesses during these dates and times should seek a test and closely monitor themselves for symptoms,” said Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County Public Health Director. “It is concerning to see more potential points of public exposure in our community and a reminder that the virus is present. The public exposures that we note are often related to employees, however, it is important to recognize that these businesses have customers coming and going who could unknowingly be positive. We all must remain vigilant and limit our exposures. 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,

The health department is advising that people who were at those places at those times get tested (although it appears that only people who went to the meat counter at Tops need to seek testing).

The following directions come from the health department:

  • 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.
  • 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