Another public exposure alert issued for TCAT bus routes

first_img center_img Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at [email protected] More by Matt Butler Matt Butler Your local health and human services news is made possible with support from: Mass Sampling Site: The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, 40 Catherwood Rd. Regular hours, Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:00pm.Downtown Sampling Site: 412 N. Tioga St. Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pmAppointment Required. Register for an appointment online at cayugahealthsystem.org or call the Cayuga Health Call Center at 607-319-5708. Regular hours for the Call Center are Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:00pm.Both Sampling Sites have additional hours this weekend:                 o  Sunday, December 6, 8:00am – 1:00pmMonitor your health for any symptoms of cough, fever, congestion, and shortness of breath for 14 days from the last time specified above that you were at this business. For a full list of symptoms, go to the TCHD website.If you seek testing and the result is negative, continue to monitor your health for the full 14 days from the last time specified above that you were at this business. If you become symptomatic, seek testing again.If potentially exposed, Cornell University students should contact Cornell Health at 607-255-5155; do not go to an arrival or surveillance testing site.All other students and community members should seek testing at the Cayuga Health Sampling Sites. TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department has announced another potential public exposure on a TCAT bus route that happened last weekend, in which a person who tested positive for COVID-19 rode a bus and potentially exposed people.The person rode the bus at the following times:Saturday, Nov. 28, inbound from Overlook Apartments to Walmart from 1:35 p.m. to 1:55 p.m.Monday, Nov. 30, inbound from Overlook Apartments to Walmart from 1:35 p.m. to 1:55 p.m.The person who tested positive is now in isolation and all close contacts have been identified.“Following our contact investigation, the potential public exposures identified were while the individual was riding the bus,” Public Health Director Frank Kruppa stated. “Out of an abundance of caution, anyone who was a passenger during these times on route 14S should get tested and monitor themselves for symptoms. Everyone must continue to be caution and consider density, keep distance, wear face coverings and wash hands well and often to stop the spread of COVID-19.”It is recommended that you get tested at a Cayuga Health Sampling Site: last_img read more

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Tennessee passes six-week abortion ban during last-second budget negotiation

first_imgRon and Patty Thomas/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — The Tennessee state legislature passed a restrictive ban on abortions in the state during the early morning hours Friday in a closed-door session. And opponents of the legislation, which bans abortions done as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, have already said they are going to challenge the issue in court. Under the provisions of the bill, doctors would also be prohibited from conducting an abortion procedure if the patient is seeking one because of the baby’s sex, race or “a prenatal diagnosis, test, or screening indicating Down syndrome or the potential for Down syndrome in the unborn child.”The bill, which voted along party lines with Republican majority in both the state House of Representatives and state Senate and has the support of Gov. Bill Lee, does not make exceptions for rape or incest but allows for procedures if the life of the patient is at risk. Medical professionals are also mandated to show ultrasound images to the patient.Health care providers would be fined $10,000 for violating the measure. Democratic leaders and the American Civil Liberties Union argued against the last-minute vote without any public viewing and warned that the measure would be hard on low-income parents who cannot travel out of state to get an abortion. The ACLU said it plans to take Tennessee lawmakers to court.“Lawmakers used this measure in a game of political maneuvering to pass the state budget – pushing it through without regard for the actual Tennesseans who will be denied access to the care they need,” Hedy Weinberg, the executive director of ACLU Tennessee, said in a statement Friday.Similar bills that banned abortion procedures at six weeks of pregnancy were struck down in states such as Ohio. None are currently in effect. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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