Reopening Q & A with County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa, County Administrator Jason Molino and others
Monday, May 11 | 5 p.m.

Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa, and Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino and additional members of the Emergency Operations Center will be hosting a live virtual information session at 5pm on Monday May 11th to share considerations for staying vigilant and healthy as we approach the end of Governor Cuomo’s NY Pause campaign.

They will also review some details from the County Reconstitution of Operations Plan (ROOP) that businesses and organizations may find useful as they consider their operations moving forward. The live stream will be available here, and the County’s YouTube channel can be found here.

Click the link to the right to submit questions to Dominick Recckio prior to 3 p.m. today.
Chamber Members & Local Businesses Offering PPE, Supplies, and Cleaning Services
Masks, Gaiters (Plain & Custom Logo)
Thermometers (wand and disposable)
Hand Sanitizer
Counter Sneeze Guards
Face Shields & More
New Dedicated PPE Webstore Coming 5/12!
Masks (Custom Logo)
Thermometers (Disposable & Reusable)
Hand Sanitizer (Bulk & Small)
Counter Sneeze Guards
Booties, Gowns, Gloves & More
Servpro offers viral pathogen cleaning & disinfecting, air filtration equipment rental, bio remediation, and other emergency or regular cleaning services to meet your needs. Servpro offers free estimates, call 607-722-2262 for 24 hour emergency service.
Local startup Ecolectro has begun manufacturing hand sanitizer, available in 9 oz bottles or 32 oz bottles. Email Gabriel Rodriguez if you're interested in purchasing hand sanitizer from this firm.
What other supplies or services might you need or offer to reopen and maintain a healthy workforce and clean environment?

Do you distribute any products or services that you think would be valuable to other businesses or organizations? We will be compiling a list of local suppliers and service providers. Please submit an email to Jennifer with any needs or offers of service.
"Un-Pause" Your Business: More information on Phased Reopening Issued Today

Southern Tier Meets all 7 Criteria to Begin Phase I Reopening

Phase I begins this Friday, May 15th in the Southern Tier:
Manufacturing, construction, retail with curbside/in-store pickup, and agriculture, forestry, and fishing may all resume modified operations using recommended precautions.

Phase I also includes services such as landscaping & gardening, outdoor low-risk recreational activities, and drive-in movie theaters.
Guidance for all Businesses Issued by NYS Regarding Business Reopening

Business Precautions: Each business and industry must have a plan to protect employees and consumers, make the physical work space safer and implement processes that lower risk of infection in the business. We are waiting for clarity about what will be required in the plans, and how business plans will be monitored/shared.

  • Adjust workplace hours and shift design as necessary to reduce density in the workplace
  • Enact social distancing protocols
  • Restrict non-essential travel for employees
  • Require all employees and customers to wear masks if in frequent contact with others
  • Implement strict cleaning and sanitation standards
  • Enact a continuous health screening process for individuals to enter the workplace
  • Continue tracing, tracking and reporting of cases
  • Develop liability processes

Click the slide below for more information about Business Safety Precautions
Cayuga Medical Center,
Chamber Recommend:
All Public Facing Essential Workers Should be Tested for COVID-19
Cayuga Medical Center President Dr. Marty Stallone recommends that all public facing Essential Workers, volunteers, and anyone that is symptomatic be tested for COVID-19. New York State recently expanded testing criteria to include all essential workers , and Cayuga Medical Center has sufficient testing capacity available to our community to manage significantly more testing. In addition, thanks to a collaboration with Rheonix, a company founded by Ithacan Greg Galvin, Cayuga Medical Center is the first hospital in New York State to use a new technology that provides same day results for COVID-19 testing.

The best way to ensure we maintain a healthy population and prevent further spread of this disease is to test those who are most at risk of exposure and transmission - and at this time, that includes essential workers and volunteers working for human service organizations. The Chamber and CVB support this recommendation, and hope that our stakeholders will take seriously their role as employers and human service agencies to support flexible scheduling if necessary to accommodate more testing.

Further, as we begin preparing to reopen our local economy and bring more people back to work, access to regular testing, isolation for those with positive results, and contact tracing will be key strategies to help reduce risk to COVID-19 exposure, keep our workforce and customers safe, and support efforts to continue virus suppression in our community. Employers will need to be prepared for this new reality, and our entire community will need to work together to manage this crisis in the long term.
If you are an Essential Business or employer, please work with your team to ensure they have access to testing during open testing hours in the coming week or two. Below is critical information regarding how and when your staff members can be tested for COVID-19. Please share it with your team members, and consider tracking when and how often your staff is tested. It is recommended that testing take place every 14 days, even for those with negative results.

To register to be tested at the drive-thru sampling site , call Cayuga Health Registration Line at 607-319-5708, or go online to .
Tompkins Chamber Support Fund through Chamber Foundation

The Chamber is providing critical support to our network and the community during this unprecedented crisis. Engaging with peers, receiving valuable information and updates, conducting effective advocacy, and sustaining the promotion and support of local businesses or organizations are as important as ever. We are striving to make our services universally available, regardless of ability to pay. However, if you can afford to pay your membership or fees, please do.

If you represent a business or organization that values the work our team is doing and wants to help ensure the Chamber is here to support our members and the community for the long term - our community and organization could use your support.
Still have questions?
Our team is here to help.
Just call the Chamber at 607-273-7080, or email us at . For specific need areas:
Ritza Francois, Membership Referrals & Support
Carly Hansen , Operations/Account Assistance
Diane Hemly , Bookkeeper - AP/AR Questions
Ryan Shehu , COVID-19 Resource Coordinator for Chamber/CVB
Jennifer Tavares, Financial/Economic Support - Communications & PR
David Walton, Event & Program/Sponsor Inquiries