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COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation. Following guidance from the CDC and NYSDOH, we are working closely with County Administration, elected officials, and community partners, including Cayuga Health System and other healthcare providers. The health and well-being of our community is our top priority.

Who Should Get Tested for COVID-19?

You are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 if you:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19. People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms including:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
    • Chills or repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell
  • Came in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

Essential workers without symptoms can also get tested for COVID-19. An executive order outlined on 4/25 by Governor Cuomo expands the criteria for testing to include all first responders, health care workers, and essential employees even if they aren’t symptomatic. Click here for New York State’s guidance on essential workers and types of jobs that would qualify. 

How Can Residents Get Tested for COVID-19?

To get tested for COVID-19, you can:

  • Call your healthcare provider for instructions.
  • Visit the Cayuga Health System sampling site in Ithaca. You can learn more about the sampling site in Ithaca and register to attend by clicking here.
  • Call Schuyler Hospital at 607-535-8602.

Schuyler Hospital is offering COVID-19 testing for essential businesses. The testing site at 220 Steuben Street, Montour Falls, will be open Monday and Wednesday mornings, and Friday afternoons by appointment only. Businesses must pre-register by calling the Hospital at (607) 535-8639 extension 2718. Appointment times will be assigned during the call.

If you develop emergency warning signs of COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs may include: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency.

Where can I find out more about COVID-19?

People Who Need to Take Extra Precautions

  • Looking for tips for older adults and individuals who are more likely to get seriously sick from COVID-19? Click here.
  • Are you pregnant or breastfeeding and have questions about COVID-19? View our fact sheet by clicking here.
  • Visit the CDC’s page for people who need to take extra precautions by clicking here.

Social Distancing and Staying Healthy

  • Looking for tips on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19? Click here.
  • Wondering what you need to know now that there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community and the surrounding counties? Click here.
  • Want tips to protect your health when you go out to buy groceries or pick up other essential items? Click here.
  • Have questions about how to make your own mask or cloth face covering and how to wear one? Click here.
  • Feeling stressed or anxious? View our infographic for tips to take care of yourself and numbers you can call for support. Click here.
  • Wondering what activities you should avoid to help stop the spread? Click here.
  • Looking for tips on how to clean and disinfect your home? Click here.
  • Do you have to travel? Check out our fact sheet by clicking here.
  • Visit the CDC’s page on preventing getting sick by clicking here.
  • Visit the CDC’s page on daily life and coping by clicking here.
  • Are you a business, facility, or community organization? Visit the CDC’s page for Communities, Schools, and Workplaces by clicking here.

Testing and Managing Symptoms

  • If you need testing, you can:
    • Call your healthcare provider for instructions.
    • Visit the Cayuga Health System sampling site in Ithaca. You can learn more about the sampling site in Ithaca and register to attend by clicking here.
    • Call Schuyler Hospital at 607-535-8602.
  • Have questions about what happens when a Schuyler County resident tests positive for COVID-19? Click here.
  • Did your healthcare provider recommend you manage your symptoms at home? Click here for tips.

More Resources

  • Visit the New York State Department of Health’s website found here
    • Find the New York State County by County Breakdown of Positive Cases by clicking here.
  • Call the New York State Department of Health 24/7 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065
  • Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website found here
  • Call Schuyler Hospital’s COVID-19 Hotline at 607-535-8602. Available Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
  • Call Guthrie’s COVID-19 Information Lines at: 
    • 844-357-2840
    • 800-836-1925
  • Schuyler County is part of the Southern Tier region for reopening which also includes Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins. Businesses in each region will re-open in phases. For information about reopening, visit the New York State website by clicking here.
    • Eligibility for each reopening phase will be determined by health metrics measured for the whole Southern Tier. To see the regional monitoring dashboard, click here.
  • If you have something you want to report, you can contact the NYS PAUSE Task Force to file a complaint by visiting https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause or by calling 1-833-789-0470.

Working hand in hand with the community 

to prevent, promote and protect.

Last updated 05/19/20 dd