December 1, 2021

Cornonavirus briefs 3/26

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Food worker tests positive for virus

ITHACA — The Tompkins County Health Department reports a person who worked two shifts at Mango Mango Dessert on Dryden Road in Ithaca recently has tested positive for coronavirus.

The food worker was at Mango Mango Dessert on the following dates:

  • 1 to 5 p.m. March 14.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15.

If you ate at this restaurant at those times, the department wants you to:

  • Self-quarantine in your home for 14 days from the date you were at the restaurant.
  • Watch for symptoms of cough, fever and shortness of breath.
  • If you develop symptoms, seek testing at the Cayuga Health sampling site at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot. It’s open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Register at or call the Cayuga Health Registration Line at 607-319-5708.

“As more cases have been identified we have been preparing for situations where a broader segment of the population may have been exposed,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “Communications like this are meant to reduce further exposure by encouraging individuals who may have come in contact to act in the community’s best interest and self quarantine even if they are not exhibiting symptoms.”

Brindisi to host virus meeting today

Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) will host a telephone town hall at 3:30 p.m. today with health care experts and officials to field questions regarding the global coronavirus pandemic.

Constituents can RSVP at to receive a call. Constituents can call 855-614-0159 to join at 3:30 p.m. today.

Additionally, the call will be streamed with closed captioning for the hearing impaired at

Physical therapist offers teletherapy

Goldwyn & Boyland Physical Therapy announced Wednesday is only open to absolutely essential patients in compliance with New York State On Pause and guidelines established by the New York Physical Therapy Association.

However, the practice is offering virtual telehealth visits. Using a secure online platform, telehealth physical therapy allows patients to have a remote face-to-face appointment with a licensed physical therapist with the opportunity to be fully evaluated, provided with a home treatment program and receive follow-up care as needed.

In New York, patients can receive physical therapy evaluation, treatment and plan of care for 30 days or up to 10 visits for musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions without a doctor’s referral. Most insurances participate in direct access, except Medicare, workers compensation, and No Fault. Goldwyn & Boyland Physical Therapy has been seeing patients under the Direct Access Guidelines since 2006.

Call 607-756-9986 or contact the office at

Small-business loans available

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to New York small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus, administration Administrator Jovita Carranza has announced.

SBA acted under authority from the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on March 17.

The disaster declaration makes SBA loans available, up to $2 million per business, in the entire state of New York and the contiguous counties in neighboring states.

Eligibility is based on the financial impact of COVID-19. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for private non-profit organizations.

Applicants may apply at, call 800-659-2955 or email People who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call 800-877-8339.

Completed applications should be mailed by Dec. 21 to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, Texas, 76155.