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Possible COVID exposure at Dryden VFW

The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the public of a potential COVID-19 exposure.

The Health Department received notification of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and worked at the Dryden VFW during the time when they could have infected others. The individual is a resident of another County, and their County of residence Health Department is managing the contact investigation and will notify all close contacts.

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Potential public exposures may have occurred at the Dryden VFW, 2272 Dryden Rd, Dryden, NY during the following dates and times:

  • October 27, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • October 28, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

If you were at the Dryden VFW during the dates and times above, please do the following:

  • It is recommended that you get tested at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site located at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, 40 Catherwood Rd. Register for an appointment online at or call the Cayuga Health Call Center at 607-319-5708. Regular hours for the Sampling Site and Call Center are Monday-Friday 8:30AM-4:00PM.
  • Monitor your health for any symptoms of cough, fever, congestion, and shortness of breath for 14 days from the last time you were at any of these businesses. For a full list of symptoms, go to the TCHD website.
  • If you seek testing and the result is negative, continue to monitor your health for the full 14 days from the last time you were at any of these businesses. If you become symptomatic, seek testing again.
  • If potentially exposed, Cornell University students should contact Cornell Health at 607-255-5155do not go to an arrival or surveillance testing site.
  • All other students and community members should seek testing at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site.

The individual who tested positive is in isolation and the contact investigation is being managed by the Health Department in their County of residence.

“All businesses in Tompkins County are encouraged to continue closely following COVID-19 safety protocols,” stated Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director. “It is important for the public to carefully consider the places they go and the interactions they have to limit their exposure and stop the spread of disease.”