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Ithaca Wegmans employee confirmed to have COVID-19

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Health officials in Tompkins County have advised the community that a Wegmans Coffee Shop employee has been confirmed to have COVID-19, who worked multiple shifts over the past two weeks at the Ithaca store at 500 South Meadow Street.

Anyone who was within six feet of any Wegmans Coffee Shop employee between Monday, March 23, and this past Saturday, April 4, is recommended to get tested immediately and self-quarantine in their home for 14 days from the last date of potential exposure.

“Communications like this are meant to reduce further exposure by encouraging individuals who may have come in contact with the infected individual to act in the community’s best interest, get tested, and self-quarantine even if they are not exhibiting symptoms,” stated Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director. “We are working closely with Wegmans management to ensure the safety of all employees and patrons. Grocery stores are essential businesses, and it is important that they are able to continue to serve our community.”

The Wegmans Coffee Shop has since closed and completed a thorough disinfection of the area, according to TCHD officials.

Store management is also in the process of employing additional safety measures for employees including distributing masks, temperature checks and screening for other symptoms prior to each shift.

Tompkins County has so far reported 98 confirmed cases and just one hospitalization.

Residents of all counties should continue to monitor their health for any symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath.

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