ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Department of Health has announced a third person has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a press release just after 5 p.m., TCHD officials confirmed that they have stepped up testing efforts. News came earlier on Tuesday that Cayuga Medical Associates has opened a drive-thru screening area, increasing the county’s testing capabilities while also diverting those potentially carrying the virus from emergency departments, primary care offices, and urgent care facilities.

The individual has been in isolation since the samples were collected for testing and TCHD public health nurses have begun a contact investigation to determine if there were any additional exposures.

This is a developing story…