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Third confirmed coronavirus case in Tompkins County; drive-through testing site opens

Third confirmed coronavirus case in Tompkins County; drive-through testing site opens

As testing increases in Tompkins County, a third case of the novel coronavirus has been confirmed. 

The Tompkins County Health Department said the person who tested positive has been in isolation since the samples were collected. Public health nurses are conducting a contact investigation to determine if others were exposed to COVID-19. 

It wasn't disclosed whether the latest confirmed case is linked to two other cases involving members of the Ithaca College community. 

The third confirmed case comes as Tompkins County increased testing over the last few days. The county partnered with the Cayuga Health System to open a drive-through screening facility. The purpose of the site is to divert patients from the emergency room, primary care providers and urgent care facilities. 

So far, 107 Tompkins County residents have been tested for COVID-19. While there are three confirmed cases, 35 people have tested negative. There are 69 pending test results and 82 people in quarantine who are being monitored by the health department. 

Thirty-five people have been released from quarantine, according to a news release. 

The symptoms of COVID-19 include a cough, fever and trouble breathing. If you experience symptoms of the virus, call your healthcare provider. 

The health department is advising residents to wash their hands, cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue and stay home if you are sick. 

Most cases of the novel coronavirus will resolve on their own. But seniors with underlying health conditions are vulnerable to serious illness. 

Politics reporter Robert Harding can be reached at (315) 282-2220 or robert.harding@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @robertharding.

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I have been The Citizen's online producer and politics reporter since December 2009. I'm the author of the Eye on NY blog and write the weekly Eye on NY column that appears every Sunday in the print edition of The Citizen and online at auburnpub.com.

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