When Anna Rosenblatt ’12 and her colleagues at the Cayuga Health System took quick action to address COVID-19, she knew cooperation from Ithaca-area residents would help slow the spread of the virus.
Rosenblatt, a practice facilitator, helped coordinate an effort by Cayuga Health that created two stand-up COVID-19 (Coronavirus) testing sites in Ithaca: the first on Craft Road, and the second at the Shops at Ithaca Mall.
“Something that Ithaca has on its side, that those in larger urban areas do not, is that people — for the most part — have cars,” Rosenblatt said. “So you can contain people in their own individual 'rooms' and have them drive up for testing. Not everyone has access to a car, and not everyone lives somewhere where drive-through testing is an option. I think that is why we were able to mobilize so quickly and get that off the ground in Ithaca.”