UPDATE: GreenStar has informed the health department that an employee who tested positive worked an additional shift than what had been announced yesterday. The times in question are now Friday, May 8, 7 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Saturday, May 9, 7 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and Monday, May 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Customers during those times are encouraged to get tested at the Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot mobile sampling center. 

Original story: A GreenStar food co-op employee has tested positive for COVID-19 and worked multiple shifts at the store's new location at 770 Cascadailla Street in the last week. 

People who were at the store during the following shifts are encouraged to go get tested: Friday, May 8, 7 a.m. to 3-15 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, 7 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

GreenStar has issued a statement in regards to the positive test, saying that they will not be closing after advisement from the health department. 

"GreenStar is following all recommended guidelines from public health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and state and local health departments," the statement said. "The CDC and public health departments emphasize that a positive test result does not make GreenStar Food Co-op a higher risk environment than other public spaces. As such, GreenStar’s store at 770 Cascadilla Street will remain open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily."

The store has also been taking additional steps to sanitize the store and make sure shoppers and staff are wearing face coverings when in the store or working. 

“As we approach the reopening phases, individuals who are sick must seek testing and stay home. We are encouraging people to be cautious and continue to consider density, distance, face coverings, and hand washing to continue to stop the spread of COVID-19.” stated Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director. “We appreciate the steps GreenStar has taken to date and are implementing moving forward to ensure the health and safety of their employees and patrons. GreenStar employees are encouraged to follow instructions provided by their employer due to the nature of their being essential.”

Customers during those times can get tested at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site at the Ithaca Mall parking lot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit to pre-register or call the Cayuga Health Registration line at (607) 319-5708. They are further encouraged to self-quarantine in their homes for 14 days from the last day you shpoped at Green Star. Even if you test negative, continue quarantining and monitoring symptoms for the full 14 days, and if symptoms appear get tested again. Monitor health for any symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath. 

(2) comments

Elisabeth Hegarty

While I understand the economic issues faced by the barbershop owners and sympathize with their plight, suing NYS is a waste of money. I could understand a Go-Fund me page to help the family get through this crisis until unemployment benefits reach them. Governor Cuomo has put these regulations in place to protect us. This barbershop may or may not be safe. Will every barbershop be safe? Probably not. The same rules must apply to all so that when restrictions are lifted, all of us can be safe.

Franklins Ghost

Anyone who thinks that Cuomo shut down the state as a matter of public safety is delusional. If Cuomo cared about the safety of New Yorkers, he wouldn't have forced nursing homes to take Covid patients, and sent them to those facilities with a convenient supply of body bags. After all, the whole excuse for shutting down the state was to protect the elderly; anyone remember that? And yet ol' Andy single handedly caused 20% of the fatalities in NYS through that policy, which he took more than month to rescind. He's been playing up what amounts to a stringer version of the flu for purely political goals. Anyone remember his rants that Trump owed him tens of thousands of ventilators, only to find out that he had those vents concealed in a warehouse in NJ? Or how he said that he would force Upstate hospitals to surrender THEIR vents, when just a year or two ago it was Dirty Andy Cuomo who denied suggestions that the state needed to buy ventilators? This is ALL about inflicting as much pain on the American people as long as possible, with the intention of throwing an election in November. This stopped being about protecting the American people from a virus MONTHS ago. These masks we all have to wear now? They stop a whopping TWO PERCENT of stuff. They're a placebo, a form of virtue signaling for the flu doomers who want to believe that we are surrounded by a virus that will kill us and anyone we've come in contact with for the last two weeks. The truth is far from that. Its basically harmless to the bulk of people who are exposed to it. The CDC recently cut the number of fatalities caused by Covid in HALF. That should tell us just how over-hyped this whole thing has been. Now, lets get the country opened up and stop playing games with the economy.

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