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Tompkins County Health Department Reports Increase in COVID-19 and Flu Cases


Residents in Tompkins County are being put on alert by the Tompkins County Whole Health (TCWH) on a recent increase in local COVID-19 and influenza (flu) case numbers. COVID-19 cases have risen 47% over the past two weeks in Tompkins County, with 59 cases reported.

Flu cases throughout the state have increased by 44% over the past week, with 21 cases in Tompkins County.

Tompkins County Whole Health Commissioner Frank Kruppa stated, “Please take the following steps to reduce your risk of getting or sharing respiratory illnesses this holiday season: wash your hands well and often, get tested if you are experiencing symptoms or have had a recent exposure, stay home if sick, wear a high-quality mask when needed, and get vaccinated for COVID-19 and the flu if you have not already done so.”

A reminder for residents that COVID-19 test kits may be ordered for free via the United States Parcel Service for delivery to your home. Test kits and KN95 masks are available for free at local libraries and municipal centers for Tompkins County residents.

Residents are being encouraged to get vaccinated for both COVID-19 and the flu. You can schedule an appointment online at Vaccines.gov.

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