Cortland residents and health care workers encouraged to Continue to utilize the easily accessible Ithaca drive-through Sampling Center.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: John Turner, Vice President, Public Relations
Cayuga Health announced today that it has surpassed 400 COVID-19 screenings for Cortland County residents. They are encouraging more residents, including healthcare workers who may not have access to daily testing, to use their sampling center. Cayuga Health’s COVID-19 Sampling Center is located at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot and is open from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday- Friday.
“We are committed to providing services to nearby local communities, like Cortland, where gaps may exist,” states Dr. Martin Stallone, CEO, Cayuga Health. “The Cayuga Health team has been coordinating closely with our six surrounding counties. We make daily phone calls to patients on the counties’ behalf so their resources can focus on contact tracing – which is vital.”
The Sampling Center is staffed by experienced and knowledgeable Cayuga Health employees. Screening includes swabbing the throat and nose which is then sent out for results. Testing is offered with no out of pocket expense to residents and CDC guidelines are followed in regard to patient symptoms and/or exposure. Since screening began, there have been 3,793 COVID-19 samples collected since April 15th in Tompkins County.
The Sampling Center recently supported several large local businesses with safe, rapid test results after high impact exposures, and also provides tests daily for essential healthcare workers from Cortland, Tompkins, Schuyler and surrounding counties.
Sampling Center on-line registration is available at www.cayugahealth.org for patients to review the screening criteria and pre-register before their arrival, allowing greater efficiencies with patient volume and decreased wait times.
A call center has been set up for patients who may not have access to Internet, need assistance registering, or have questions. The call center number is 607-319-5708. Individuals are strongly encouraged to pre-register prior to coming to the site.
“We will continue to provide daily tests for essential workers from the surrounding communities,” states Dr. Martin Stallone, CEO, Cayuga Health. “It is important to understand COVID-19 prevalence in a community. Our Sampling Center is easily accessible for Cortland residents. It is less than a 20 minute drive.”
About Cayuga Health
Cayuga Health (CH) has two hospitals, Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital, as well as a multi-specialty group, Cayuga Medical Associates. Combined employment, including affiliated organizations, is over 2,200 employees. CHS is clinically linked to Mayo Medical Laboratories, Rochester Regional Health for cardiac services, Roswell Park for cancer services, and the University of Rochester for neurosciences.