Ithaca College learned on Friday, Sept. 4, that two Ithaca College graduate students living off campus in Ithaca have tested positive for COVID-19. The students are in isolation in their local residences and are receiving proper care. The Tompkins County Health Department confirms that there was no exposure on the Ithaca College campus from these individuals. These are the first two known positive cases among members of the Ithaca College community since the college announced on August 18 that it would continue with remote instruction for the fall semester.
Due to privacy laws, neither the Tompkins County Health Department nor the college can disclose the names or any other identifying information about these individuals. The health department is conducting contact tracing to determine other possible contacts, and will reach out directly to those individuals if they are determined to be a close contact.
Other known members of the Ithaca College community who were identified as close contacts have tested negative and are currently in quarantine. These individuals are not permitted to access the Ithaca College campus until quarantine is complete and they are released by the Tompkins County Health Department.
The New York State Department of Health defines a close contact as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 10 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
This incident is not being considered a COVID-19 cluster by the health department.