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Coronavirus Update, November 23, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 23, 2020

A press release issued by The Tompkins County Health Department Friday is alerting the public of a potential COVID-19 exposure at BJ’s Wholesale Club in Ithaca. The individual who tested positive is an employee at the business and is now in isolation. Any close contacts are also in quarantine. Potential public exposures may have occurred…

Coronavirus Update, November 19, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 19, 2020

    At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Tompkins County legislature voted unanimously to approve its 2021 budget, WSKG news reports.  The total budget, at just under $52.4 million dollars, is 6 percent less than the 2020 budget. The budget reflects decreased revenues in the current year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  County comptroller…

Coronavirus Update, November 18, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 18, 2020

The Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency, or TCIDA, awarded emergency grants to local childcare providers to provide financial support for COVID-19 facilities upgrades. The Ithaca Times reports that TCIDA approved the grant program in order to improve coronavirus safety measures at childcare centers. Since June, eligible nonprofits and small businesses statewide have been able to…

2020 Edition of “Spring Writes” Literary Festival is Virtual

By Esther Racoosin | November 17, 2020

Jennifer Tennant, Artistic Director of Spring Writes literary festival and Robin Schwartz, program manager of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, talk about this year’s festival.  Events begin on Wednesday, November 18th, and continue until Sunday, November 29th.  Attendees can watch presentations via Zoom; some of the talks and panel discussions will allow for…

Coronavirus Update, November 16, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 16, 2020

There was a public COVID exposure involving an employee at the Ithaca Texas Roadhouse restaurant. According to the Ithaca Voice, the exposures occurred on Tuesday, November 10th from 3PM-10PM, and Wednesday November 11th from 3:30PM-8PM. Tompkins County Health Officials are urging diners who were present at those times to get tested, and monitor any symptoms…


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