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Cornell junior Patrick Mehler approved to fill Common Council vacancy

ITHACA, N.Y.—Patrick Mehler has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the City of Ithaca’s Common Council, but not without some resistance or confusion. Mehler was virtually sworn into the Common Council—a first in city government history—during a special meeting of the council on Wednesday, just before the regular meeting of Common Council. He will […]

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Seven people incarcerated at County Jail test positive for COVID-19 over last month

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Tompkins County Jail is dealing with a limited outbreak of COVID-19 among its inmates, with seven incarcerated people having tested positive over the last month and some others in quarantine. It is the first COVID-19 outbreak at Tompkins County Jail, though there have been severe outbreaks at other jails and prisons throughout the […]

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COVID-19 Update: School cases frequent, but no classroom spread detected

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Legislature received its regular COVID-19 status update from Deputy County Administrator Amie Hendrix and Public Health Director Frank Kruppa, revealing new information about the coronavirus in schools and community spread. The overall picture was fairly rosy, as much as it can be for such a topic. After a severe spike […]

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Cornell expands COVID-19 vaccination mandate to include all employees

ITHACA, N.Y.—Cornell University will now require all employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination by Dec. 8, according to an announcement from the school on Wednesday. The university had already required any student taking on-campus classes to receive the vaccination to return for the Fall 2021 semester, though it did honor religious and medical exemptions, but […]

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Health Department announces COVID-19 booster clinics this week

This is a community announcement from the Tompkins County Health Department. It was not written by the Ithaca Voice. To submit community announcements, please email The Tompkins County Health Department is announcing three upcoming clinics for booster dosing of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. TCHD is encouraging eligible older adults to get a booster dose when they are able, and alerting additional populations of their […]