The Tompkins County Health Department has suspended its COVID-19 mask advisory.
Tompkins is now listed at ‘medium’ community spread level, which is a decline from its categorization in April. At that point, Omicron was causing cases to surge, and transmission level was ‘high’.
“The mask advisory is being lifted for Tompkins County because we have had several weeks of improving case numbers along with low hospitalization rates,” Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa explained. “This is encouraging news as we navigate the ebbs and flows of the pandemic. TCHD will continue to closely monitor disease prevalence and will alert the community if this trend starts to shift.”
Health officials says masks are still among the most effective ways to prevent community spread of COVID and similar illnesses.