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COVID-19 Update: Most NYS Restrictions Lifted, Local Vaccination Available

**This is an official release from the Tompkins County Health Department. Tompkins Weekly did not write this article.**. The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the community to a recent announcement by NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo. With 70% of adult New Yorkers having received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, the Governor has lifted COVID-19 restrictions around mask wearing, distancing, cleaning, health screening, and gathering, except for the mask requirement for unvaccinated individuals and in certain settings listed below.
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As Juneteenth nears, local Black history recalled

As the Southside Community Center finalizes plans for Saturday’s Juneteenth — Food! Fun! Foundation! — we are fortunate that both its history and that of Black Americans in Tompkins County have been so ably captured by area residents and resources. In a June 19, 2020, interview with North Country Public...
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Coronavirus Update, June 16, 2021

For the 4th day in a row, Tompkins County has no new cases of COVID-19. The total active cases are 7. Schuyler County is reporting 7 new cases, 14 active cases, and 4 people hospitalized for COVID-19.
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Coronavirus briefs 6/16

Cortland County reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and Monday, the number of confirmed cases remaining 4,584. No cases were reported in Tompkins or Cayuga counties, either. The number of people who have contracted the virus remains 15,267 across the three counties since the pandemic began in March...
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Five COVID-19 vaccination clinics announced throughout Tompkins County

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department has announced five new COVID-19 vaccination clinics that will take place throughout the rest of the month. Register for an appointment: Groton School District. Thursday, June 17 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Students ages 12 and older. Vaccine: Pfizer (first dose) Registration link...
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The Ithaca Police Department Overhaul Proposal: Where Is It Now

Following their historic proposal to reimagine the Ithaca Police Department in March, the City of Ithaca and Tompkins County both voted to fund the Community Justice Center. The center will facilitate the implementation of the recommendations previously agreed upon in the re-imagining policing proposal through community engagement. The CJC funding...

Walk-in vaccination clinics in Danby, T'burg, Caroline, Enfield

The Tompkins County Health Department is notifying the community of several upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Vaccine is readily available in Tompkins County, and TCHD urges all individuals aged 12+ to get vaccinated. Tompkins County Health Department is offering the following clinics. For minors under 18, a parent or guardian is...
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Ellis Hollow music series announced, without the restrictions

The Ellis Hollow Community Center kicked off the summer music season with a Terrapin Station show this past Saturday, and they’ve announced the full lineup for the free concert series without the strict capacity limits and pre-registration requirement that seemed necessary just days ago. “Now that outdoor gatherings no longer...

Mezey, Lushtak eye democratic nomination for District 13 seat

The Democtratic primary for the County Legislature District 13 seat is less than a week away (June 22) as candidates Greg Mezey and Samantha Lushtak look to garner enough support to earn the nomination. Both Mezey and Lushtak sat down with the Dryden Courier to discuss their candidacies ahead of next Tuesday’s election. (This is an abbreviated version of the article. To read the full Q&A’s of both candidates, one should visit
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Bike Walk Tompkins launches Bike Mentors program

This month, Bike Walk Tompkins launched its new Bike Mentors program, where mentors help both Bike Walk Tompkins and the community by leading bike skills classes, coordinating events and connecting residents with biking and other transportation resources. Molly Hajjar, bike education coordinator for Bike Walk Tompkins, explained that the Bike...

Tompkins County seeking community input on American Rescue Plan funding

ITHACA, N.Y. (WHCU) – The Tompkins County Legislature is seeking community input on the use of American Rescue Plan funding. The one-time stimulus bill is providing $19.8 million to help the county recover from economic and health effects caused by the pandemic. Tompkins County created a survey listing all the uses the Federal government permits for the funding. County residents are asked to rank their top three fund priorities of the eight options listed.
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June 16 update from Health Department on COVID-19 cases

The Tompkins County Health Department says there have now been 4,387 total positive cases in Tompkins County, no more than on Tuesday, with a total of 1,270,408 tests conducted. They also say 4,349 patients are listed as released from isolation after having tested positive, one new recovery, leaving seven active cases.

Meet the County Legislature candidates

The Democratic primary is coming up on June 22, and early voting started last Saturday, June 12, so the Ithaca Times talked with all the candidates in the contested races on this year’s ballot. In District 1, Travis Brooks and Nicole LaFave are running to replace long-time legislator Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, who decided not to run this year.

County Legislature seeking ideas for $19 million stimulus funds

The Tompkins County Legislature is seeking community input on the use of $19.8 million in one-time funding made available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP). Input is being sought through a survey asking Tompkins County residents to rank their top three priorities for the funds; priorities are limited to eight options clarified for local municipalities by the Federal Government. Results of the survey will inform discussions by the Legislature, including at the June 30, 5:30pm expanded Budget Committee of the Tompkins County Legislature where Legislators will begin the process of planning how best to spend and/or invest ARP funds (stream the June 30 meeting on YouTube).
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Foodnet Meals on Wheels’ Jessica Gosa named June Community Hero of the Month recipient

Foodnet Meals on Wheels’ Jessica Gosa named June Community Hero of the Month recipient in a Tompkins Trust Company press release:. Tompkins Trust Company, in partnership with the Tompkins Chamber, has named Foodnet Meals on Wheels Executive Director Jessica Gosa as the June 2021 recipient of the Community Hero of the Month Award, which recognizes individuals from Tompkins County who have significantly impacted our community.