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Coronavirus Update, March 25, 2020

By Michayla Savitt | March 25, 2020

The Tompkins County Health Department has announced a confirmed COVID-19 case in a food worker in Ithaca. The individual worked two shifts at Mango Mango Dessert, located at 159 Dryden Rd., in Ithaca. The health department is asking that if you ate at Mango Mango Dessert Saturday, March 14 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM…

Coronavirus Update, March 23, 2020

By Michayla Savitt | March 23, 2020

In a press conference Monday morning, Governor Cuomo announced that he will sign an emergency order that hospitals must double their bed capacity to account for the number of people who will need treatment for COVID-19, reports the Times Union. New York state now has over 20,000 cases of the novel coronavirus as of this…

Local Activists Establish Mutual Aid Tompkins [AUDIO]

By Esther Racoosin | March 23, 2020

Juliana Garcia and Josh Dolan, two of the organizers of the Tompkins COVID-19 Mutual Aid Response Facebook Group, discuss what they and other activists are doing to assist local residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. They describe components of the Facebook Group and encourage folks to join whether they need assistance or would like to provide…

Coronavirus Update, March 20, 2020

By Michayla Savitt | March 20, 2020

A new executive order dubbed “New York State on PAUSE” by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will make sweeping changes effective Sunday at 8pm.  The New York Times reports that gatherings of any size deemed “Nonessential” are banned. 100% of the workforce must stay home, excluding essential services. The state classified essential businesses as the…

Coronavirus Update, March 19, 2020

By Michayla Savitt | March 19, 2020

There are no new confirmed cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19 in Tompkins county, so the total number of cases stands at 6. However, 224 test results are currently pending. New York State has reached over 4,000 total cases, according to the state Health Department. This comes as over 7,500 New Yorkers were tested for COVID-19…


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