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Cases within the Ithaca Campus Community

Cornell has been working with public health officials to monitor the ongoing spread of the virus. To date, the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) has confirmed 26 cases of the coronavirus within our Ithaca campus community of faculty, staff and students. We were notified of the first confirmed cases on March 20. This news is not unexpected, as the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. continues to rise. Current numbers of all cases in Tompkins County can be found on the TCHD website.

What To Know

Cornell is working with TCHD to support the health and safety of the individuals (who have been in isolation and receiving ongoing care) and of the broader community. TCHD, upon confirmation of the positive cases, conducts immediate contact tracing to identify and communicate with close contacts of any positive cases. Due to privacy laws, we cannot disclose the names of the individuals who tested positive. Please know that anyone who fits the CDC definition of a ‘close contact’ will be contacted by the health department to determine next steps, including testing, quarantine, or other medical support.

What You Can Do

Public health experts are clear that the best way that we can mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is through practicing good personal hygiene and strict adherence to social distancing – minimizing the number of interactions that provide the opportunity for the disease to spread. Adhere to the community mitigation measures that have been embraced by NY state and Tompkins County and which have been proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19.