TRACKING THE CASES: Local counties prepare as Tompkins sees first confirmed COVID-19 test

The region is gripped with fear about the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, but only a handful of confirmed cases have been publicized so far.

The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) was notified by the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) of a positive case of COVID-19 analyzed at the NYS DOH Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany, officials said on Saturday. The sample has been sent to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation.

“While this is the first case of COVID-19 in Tompkins County, we are prepared to respond to limit future exposures and community spread of the virus. We are looking to our community to take shared responsibility by practicing social distancing and helping each other during the weeks to come,” stated Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director.

It’s the first case in the core Finger Lakes region — even as the Rochester-area has had two confirmed cases.

We’ll keep track of confirmed COVID cases by county here:

Cayuga: 0
Ontario: 0
Schuyler: 0
Seneca: 0
Steuben: 0
Tompkins: 1
Wayne: 0
Yates: 0

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