Tompkins County Health Department Clarifies COVID-19 Testing Recommendations
(Dominick Recckio / Tompkins County)
TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY -- The Tompkins County Health Department is clarifying its recommendations around COVID-19 testing.
First off, the Health Department recommends getting a PCR test whenever possible. They are the most sensitive and reliable way to test for COVID-19. They are available through the Cayuga Health System. All Tompkins County testing sites report their results to the Health Department.
The Health Department recommends seeking a PCR test if you are:
- Symptomatic for COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status.
- If you come in close contact with an unvaccinated or vaccinated person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- If your employer or affiliated institution requires testing
If a person chooses to use an at home COVID-19 test and the results are positive, the Health Department is recommending they contact their primary care provider, then the Health Department by calling 607-274-6604.