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Coronavirus Update, October 23, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | October 23, 2020

In other news, The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the community of possible public exposure of COVID-19 on a TCAT bus on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Potential exposures may have occurred on the Route 31 inbound bus: 10:27am-10:58am to Seneca St., and route 43 outbound: 12:00pm-12:36 to Tompkins Cortland Community College and Dryden. The…

Living with Chronic Illnesses in a Pandemic [Audio]

By WRFI News Staff | October 23, 2020

According to the CDC, chronic illnesses are “conditions that last 1 year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both.” It’s the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. It’s expensive too. Chronic and mental health conditions make up 90% of the US’ $3.5 trillion…

Coronavirus Update, October 21, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | October 21, 2020

Nearly 100 Tompkins residents have been ordered to enter quarantine following possible contact with an individual who traveled to an out-of-state hockey tournament and later tested positive for COVID-19. The Ithaca Voice reports that the Tompkins County Health Department was notified on October 17 of the individual testing positive for COVID-19.  That person is not…

“Parents2Polls-Tompkins” Helps Busy Families Access Early Voting Options

By Esther Racoosin | October 21, 2020

Yael Saar and Margaret Royall are the organizers of a local Get Out the Vote initiative called Parents2Polls Tompkins.  The two voting advocates discuss the car-side service, that helps parents and seniors who are planning to vote at one of the early voting locations in Tompkins County.  Saar and Royall describe how the service works…

Coronavirus Update, October 20, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | October 20, 2020

The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting local community members about several potential public exposures to COVID-19 at 3 Businesses in Ithaca. Shoppers who went to Wegmans on the following dates and times should seek COVID-19 testing: Wednesday October 7th from 5-8:30pm,  Thursday the 8th, from 5-8:45 p.m., Saturday October 10th from 4:45-9:15pm, or Sunday,…


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