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2022 Public Health Press Release Archives

(Ithaca, N.Y., May 20, 2022) – The Tompkins County Health Department is sharing the recent announcement by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding their approval of the Federal Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) emergency authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster for…
(Ithaca, NY, May 19, 2022) - The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the community about the high risk of the presence of Fentanyl in street drugs. Fentanyl is a highly addictive synthetic substance that is added into illicit street drugs to increase consumption but is also highly…
(Ithaca, NY, May 19, 2022) - The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting local families to information on how to access resources and infant formula amid ongoing shortages. For those who are struggling to afford groceries or infant formula, the Tompkins County Women, Infants and Children (…
by Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director and Mental Health Commissioner THE TOMPKINS COUNTY Health and Mental Health Departments play a significant role in addressing access to mental health services and improving mental health outcomes. We offer an outpatient clinic, services supporting recovery…
(ITHACA, N.Y., May 16, 2022) – The Tompkins County Health Department (55 Brown Road) will be closed to the public on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, from 8:30am – 12pm for staff development. The answering service will receive phone calls and messages will be reviewed throughout the afternoon. If there is…
(Ithaca, N.Y., May 2, 2022) – The Tompkins County Health Department is reiterating its mask advisory and encouraging the community to continue to be patient as the spread of COVID-19 impacts services in the community. The mask advisory was issued on 4/27/2022 due to the increased spread of COVID-…
(Ithaca, N.Y. April 27) – The Tompkins County Health Department is issuing a health advisory encouraging all residents, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask while indoors and around others in public settings, in addition to continuing other precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19.…
(Ithaca, N.Y., April 25) – The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) is alerting the community that the New York State Virtual Call Center (NYS VCC) will be discontinuing services at the close of the month. The NYS VCC has been the primary method of follow up phone calls and text messages for…
(Ithaca, N.Y., April 22) – The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) is alerting the community to the availability of therapeutics to treat severe illness from COVID-19. Those who test positive and are an older adult or at high risk of illness may be eligible for treatment options that can be…
(ITHACA, N.Y.) – The Tompkins County Health Department is sharing details with the community on wastewater testing for COVID-19 in Tompkins County. At this time, both the Village of Cayuga Heights and the City of Ithaca have begun wastewater testing as part of a New York State program, with…