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COVID-19 Update: Tompkins County Mask Advisory Suspended

(Ithaca, N.Y., June 10, 2022) – Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the community that the Mask Advisory has been suspended for Tompkins County, effective as of Friday, June 10, 2022.

Tompkins County continues to be at a “medium community level” using the CDC’s framework. Within the “medium community level” guidance, community members are encouraged to continue to remain cautious: seek testing if you experience symptoms or have a known exposure; get vaccinated and stay up to date on your vaccination status, including seeking additional booster doses when eligible; and wear a high-quality mask when in public settings if you choose to do so.

TCHD reminds the community that high-quality masks continue to be highly effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and that community members may continue to wear a high-quality mask if they choose to do so based on anticipated risk and personal preference. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a high-quality mask. Masks are still required on public transportation, at healthcare facilities and in other settings. Tompkins County is making high-quality KN95 masks freely available to the community. Please refer to the TCHD website or call 2-1-1 (1-877-211-8667) for information on where these high-quality masks are available.

Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa stated, “The mask advisory is being lifted for Tompkins County because we have had several weeks of improving case numbers along with low hospitalization rates. This is encouraging news as we navigate the ebbs and flows of the pandemic. TCHD will continue to closely monitor disease prevalence and will alert the community if this trend starts to shift. Please get vaccinated if you have not already done so and get boosted when eligible. Thank you to our community members for their adherence to safety guidance; we must all continue to work together to reduce spread and keep our community healthy.”

The Tompkins County Health Department is your partner for a healthy community. Find us online at TompkinsCountyNY.gov/health, and follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/TompkinsPublicHealth and on Twitter at @TompkinsHealth. Sign up to receive COVID-19 updates or other county announcements via email or text.

Media contact: Shannon Alvord, salvord@tompkins-co.org

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