TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. –– The Tompkins County Health Department said Monday that nine positive COVID-19 cases in the last week have been tied back to a single social gathering by contact trace investigators.

The investigation of the infected parties found that individuals at the gathering did not adhere to the six-foot distancing rule or face covering guidelines. According to the health department, the investigation also found that several people at the gathering had traveled or returned from states on the New York State travel advisory and did not complete the mandatory traveler form or quarantine for the mandatory 14 days.

“We continue to see new spread of the disease in our community related to individuals ignoring public health guidance. If people do not wear masks, keep distance, and follow quarantine requirements they are putting themselves and others at risk.” Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa said. “It is imperative that individuals traveling into our community quarantine effectively. Around half of the individuals at this gathering have tested positive, and this serves as a reminder that COVID-19 spreads rapidly and can infect anyone. If you decide to gather with others, you must keep distance between yourself and others and wear a mask.”

TCHD has stated that all positive individuals are in isolation and all close contacts are in mandatory quarantine. None of the newly reported positive cases presented public exposures, and the health department is not recommending testing for the public in response to these new cases.

As a reminder, all gatherings in New York State, whether in a public or private space, are limited to a maximum of 50 attendees and all attendees must keep 6 feet of distance between themselves and others and wear a face covering.

Also –– all out-of-state travelers from restricted states must complete the Online Traveler Health Form upon entering New York State and must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Anna Lamb

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