December 2, 2021

COVID-19 confirmed in Tompkins County

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The first confirmed case of coronavirus been confirmed in the greater Cortland area — in Tompkins County, health officials announced this morning.

“While this is the first case of COVID-19 in Tompkins County, we are prepared to respond to limit future exposures and community spread of the virus. We are looking to our community to take shared responsibility by practicing social distancing and helping each other during the weeks to come,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa.

The state Department of Health notified Tompkins County of a positive case of COVID-19 before sending the sample to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation. The patient has been in isolation since the samples were collected and county public health nurses are investigating to see if anyone else was exposed.

The department advises people to take common steps to slow the spread of the virus:

— Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, often. Or use hand sanitizer.

— Avoid large gatherings. The state has already restricted gatherings of more than 500 people.

— Cover your coughs and sneezes, or sneeze into the crook of your arm.

— Stay home or self-isolate if you show symptoms.

— If you do show symptoms, call your primary care provider, who will screen you over the phone before recommending the next course of action. Do not arrive at a care provider’s facility unannounced.