Health officials identify UK variant of COVID-19 in County Tompkins

Health officials identify UK variant of COVID-19 in County Tompkins

TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY (WETM-TV) – The Tompkins County Department of Health announces that a positive case of the UK variant of COVID-19 has been identified in Tompkins County.

The single case was found by Cornell University’s COVID-19 testing lab, as part of its efforts through Cayuga Health on Friday night.

According to health officials, the person went into quarantine immediately after returning from the trip and was placed in isolation.

The New York State Department of Health regional office and the New York State Wadsworth Public Health Laboratory have been notified of the result.

The contact tracing investigation has been completed and no close contacts have been identified.

Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa said: “Although this variant is more contagious, we are confident that we detected the positive case immediately and the individual has had no close contact. We all still have a role to play in stopping the spread and must continue to …

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