ITHACA, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department is reminding the community of precautions that can be taken to protect yourself and others from spreading COVID-19 while traveling and gathering surrounding the Easter holiday weekend.

Though severe cases and hospitalizations remain low, the TCHD urges continued safety measures be taken to reduce the risk of an increase in cases.

Wearing a high quality mask like an N95 or KN95 around other, getting tested if you experience symptoms and previous to gathering with others and staying up-to-date with vaccinations are all ways to prevent severe disease and protect yourself.

“For many, the rise in recent cases, coupled with the challenge of no longer having a true “total active cases” number due to the increased usage of self-tests, has renewed COVID-19 concerns,” Public Health Director Frank Kruppa said. “We are reminding the community that they have the tools to reduce risk: stay up to date on vaccination, wear a high-quality mask, stay home if sick and get tested.”

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...