ITHACA, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department has announced a potential public COVID-19 exposure at the Odyssey Bookstore in downtown Ithaca after an employee worked three shifts during their infectious period, before testing positive for the coronavirus.

The individual who tested positive has been placed in isolation and any close contacts have been identified and are in quarantine. The health department is encouraging anyone who was at Odyssey Bookstore at the below listed times to seek a COVID-19 test.

The potential exposures took place this week on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Health Department is offering the following guidance for those who were impacted:

  • 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. This site is open Sunday, December 12, 8:00am – 1:00PM.
  • Downtown Sampling Site: 412 N. Tioga St. Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:00PM
  • Appointment Required. Register for an appointment online at 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 Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at