Tompkins County Health Department Clarifies COVID-19 Testing Recommendations

(Dominick Recckio / Tompkins County)

(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.