Coronavirus Update, January 22, 2021

The Tompkins County Health Department is reporting a number of potential public exposures to COVID-19.

Our first one to report is at Five Below, at 744 S. Meadow St., in Ithaca. The date of the exposure to COVID was on Saturday, January 16, 11:30am–8:30pm.

The other reported exposure to COVID-19 is at the Ithaca Walmart, located at 135 Fairground Memorial Pkwy. An employee tested positive for the virus, and was contagious during their shifts on Saturday, January 9, 8:00am–5:00pm, Tuesday, January 12, 8:00am–5:00pm, and Wednesday, January 13, 8:00am–9:00am.

You can review the specific days and times on the web page  and then click on “public exposures”.  The health department recommends anyone who may have been exposed to the virus to monitor their health for any COVID-19 symptoms.  Learn about how to get tested at

The number of hospitalizations due to complications from the virus are at 19 as of yesterday. According to the Tompkins County health department, as of the time of our 6 p.m. broadcast there are 299 active cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were an additional 31 positive cases and 27 people released from quarantine.

Today the Tompkins Health Department issued a press release urging the public to continue following COVID-safe behavior, adding that there have been several new clusters of the virus locally. Those cases were among a gathering at a place of worship where masks were not worn, a daycare setting, a law enforcement training event, and two workplace settings.

In Schuyler County, today there were 15 new cases of COVID-19 reported. 56 active cases remain, according to their Health Department.  12 people are now hospitalized due to the virus.