Coronavirus Update, November 2, 2020

The Tompkins County Health Department says an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and works at the Dryden VFW organization located at 2272 Dryden Rd in the Town of Dryden may have transmitted the virus to persons who were at the VFW last week. This person is a resident of another County, according to a Tompkins Health Department press release.

The individual worked at the Dryden VFW on two days: Tuesday, October 27th, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Wednesday October 28th, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

The Tompkins Health Department is recommending that anyone who went to the Dryden VFW during these dates and hours get tested for COVID-19. They also recommend monitoring for any symptoms of cough, fever, congestion, and shortness of breath for 14 days from the last visit to the business. For information on how to get tested, visit the website


For at least this week, Watkins Glen School District will provide entirely remote instruction due to a high school student, elementary school staff member and an elementary school student testing  positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. The Odessa File reports that these three cases resulted in 14 staff members and 37 students from two different schools needing to quarantine.

Contact tracing is still continuing for some of these individuals.  A press release from the Schuyler County Health Department states that it will take a couple of days for the contact tracing team to contact all potential contacts.  Schuyler county residents are instructed to remain at home and quarantine if they are told by the school that they may have come in contact with one of the COVID-19-positive individuals.

The district was on a hybrid schedule that included students physically going to school for two days and remote learning for three days.

In other Schuyler County school district news, Hanlon Elementary School in the Town of Odessa closed today and was transitioned to a 10-day remote learning period after a support staff member tested positive for COVID-19.  Students attending B.C. Cate Elementary and the Odessa-Montour Junior-Senior High School may continue to attend school in person.


Looking at the local COVID-19 caseload, the latest numbers, released today from the Tompkins County health department, indicate that there are 3 additional positive cases, and 12 new recoveries. According to the County Health Department, that leaves 56 active cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins.


In Schuyler County, there are 8 new cases of COVID-19 reported as of today, and 31 active cases.  according to their Health Department.

Contributing writing by Tessie Devlin and Michayla Savitt.