Local Coronavirus (COVID-19) Watch

Advice on Limiting the Spread of COVID-19 from the CDC

People carrying the coronavirus may lack symptoms but can still transmit the virus to others—before showing symptoms.  

This means that the virus can spread to vaccinated or unvaccinated people interacting in close proximity with others.

Although serious illness is rare among vaccinated people, children and immune compromised people are particularly at risk. Getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, and practicing social distancing is the best way to protect yourself, and those at most risk for serious illness.

People speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms—can spread the virus to vaccinated or unvaccinated people.  The CDC provides guidelines for unvaccinated people as well as information on the safety and efficacy of COVID vaccines.


Anyone can register for a COVID test at Tomkins County/Cayuga Health testing sites. Costs for tests from Cayuga Health are covered for all Tompkins County residents, and for anyone who is experiencing symptoms or may have been exposed. Testing is also offered at Schuyler Hospital.

Vaccination Information

Tompkins County Residents can learn more about vaccination here and register for vaccination appointments with a range of providers at the TCHD Vaccination web page.

Schuyler County Residents can can check their eligibility and register for an appointment through the Schuyler County Public Health Vaccine page.

Vaccines are also available from state-run sites including nearby locations including Corning, Binghamton, and Syracuse.

For more information you can call New York State's COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX.

Protect yourself and those around you:

  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • If you think you have contracted COVID-19, perform the self check found here, and seek medical attention as needed.
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include: fever, cough and shortness of breath. Special caution should be taken if you or someone you've had close contact with is ill or is known to have been exposed to the virus.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If hand washing is not immediately available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer instead.

Food Aid in Tompkins and Schuyler Counties

There are multiple organizations offering food aid to residents. See below for specific options available.

Latest Updates

Coronavirus Update, June 22, 2021

June 22, 2021

The Tompkins County Health Department announces an additional free COVID vaccine clinic.  It will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, June 23 at the Tompkins County Public…

Coronavirus Update, June 18, 2021

June 18, 2021

Tompkins County is reporting no new cases of COVID-19. And a total of 7 active cases. Schuyler County is reporting no cases as well, and…

Coronavirus Update, June 17, 2021

June 17, 2021

Although New York State’s COVID restrictions have been lifted in most settings, a state of emergency declaration continues. Governor Cuomo still retains many of the…

Coronavirus Update, June 16, 2021

June 16, 2021

For the 4th day in a row, Tompkins County has no new cases of COVID-19. The total active cases are 7. Schuyler County is reporting…

Coronavirus Update, June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021

Tompkins County is reporting no cases of the Coronavirus, and a total of 12 active cases. There have been no new cases for the past…

Coronavirus Update, June 9, 2021

June 9, 2021

Tompkins County is reporting 3 new positive cases of covid-19, and 19 total active cases. Schuyler County is reporting 3 new cases of COVID-19, and…

Coronavirus Update, June 8, 2021

June 8, 2021

On Monday, Governor Cuomo announced that New York would end it’s COVID-19 restrictions once the adult vaccination rate reached 70 percent. It’s currently at 68.6…

Coronavirus Update, June 3, 2021

June 3, 2021

Tompkins County is reporting 8 new cases of the Coronavirus, and a total of 30 active cases. Active COVID hospitalizations have dropped from 4 to…

Coronavirus Update, June 2, 2021

June 2, 2021

The Tompkins County Health Department is announcing two pop-up COVID vaccination clinics this week for anyone 18 and older.  Today, there’s a clinic at the…

Coronavirus Update, June 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

Tompkins County is reporting 3 new COVID cases with a total of 31 active cases, continuing a trend of fewer than 40 active cases.  There…



Mutual Aid Tompkins is neighbors supporting neighbors in the spirit of solidarity to meet survival needs

The Tompkins Mask Makers Facebook group is intended to bring together the various mask making projects in our county and allow individual mask makers to share tips, supplies, and connect with needs in our community. The group also has a website where you can order locally made cloth masks.

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