TRUMANSBURG, N.Y.—Trumansburg Central School District’s Superintendent Kimberly Bell reported Monday and Thursday via the district live feed that it had seen an increase in COVID-19 cases.

As of March 22, there were 21 positive cases of students and personnel. Then, on March 24, an additional 32 positive cases had been identified, bringing the case total to 53 as of Thursday. The cases are spread across the high school, middle school and elementary school community, including students, staff and teachers.

The school’s announcement attributes the recent rise in cases to high school’s musical, “Emma,” which ran last weekend and was performed entirely unmasked. Masks were not required for attendance either.

“The safety of our students and staff is of the highest priority,” the announcement from Bell said. The school is encouraging regular testing and asking community members to wear a mask if they have had recent exposure.

The district said they are introducing (or reminding the community of) the following measures in response: enhanced infection control precautions, encouraged/supported wearing of masks, increased hand sanitizer availability, and more frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, availability of testing for students that become symptomatic once at school, and availability of masks in all main offices and health offices.

One person who tested positive from the school said they were told to isolate for five days and then mask in public for five days after that.

The school district is promising regular updates following the outbreak and that it will shift to remote instruction if it has insufficient staff coverage.

Trumansburg’s cases follow jumps in positive tests at Cornell University and the greater Tompkins County area recently, as local officials prepare for what seems to be a new upswing in cases related to the BA.2 variant.

Zoë Freer-Hessler

Zoë Freer-Hessler is a general assignment reporter for the Ithaca Voice. She has covered a wide range of topics since joining the news organization in November 2021. She can be reached at zhessler@ithacavoice.com...