Local Coronavirus (COVID-19) Watch
The COVID-19 pandemic is here in our community. Residents can go to cayugahealth.org to register for a drive-through COVID test. 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. The testing center is located at the Shops at Ithaca Mall at 40 Catherwood Rd., and testing is also offered at Schuyler Hospital.
As always, when you’re out and about, make sure to wear a mask and stay at least six feet away from others. The US Center for Disease Control recommends limiting close contact with others as much as possible. Remember, wearing a mask helps protect everyone around you and the life you save may just be your own.
As your community radio station, WRFI is committed to keeping you up-to-date about the developing pandemic known as the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. Bookmark this page and come for the latest developments, resources, and closures as well as audio features and interviews relating to the coronavirus (below):
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Past Town Halls - Stay tuned for more to come...
Advice on Cloth Face Coverings from the CDC
This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. On April 15, 2020, NYS Governor Cuomo issued an executive order requiring the use of masks.
Surgical face masks and N95 respirators are in short supply. Existing supplies are needed for medical facilities and caregivers. Learn to make cloth masks for yourself and others in need. Tutorials have been posted by The Washington Post, the New York Times, and, if you're in a pinch, try the Surgeon General's no-sew method. Listen to our interview with local mask makers.
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.
- Practice social distancing:
- Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people.
- Do not gather in groups.
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
- Wear a cloth face covering - especially where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid handshakes and hugs, use an elbow bump instead.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
At home and work:
- Wash your hands thoroughly upon returning home.
- Use caution when bringing items into your home. Disinfect as needed.
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects (doorknobs, light switches) and surfaces with a household cleaner.
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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.