Local health officials of announced the opening of a new facility to test residents for COVID-19 in light of increased demand for screening.

Tompkins County Opens New COVID-19 Testing Center to Replace Drive-Through Location

In order to accommodate the drastic local uptick in demand for virus testing, the county will open a new, expanded sampling location in Ithaca.

The sampling center is located in the parking lot of the Shops at Ithaca Mall and will be open starting Tuesday, March 24, after which the center will be open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The new testing facility replaces the drive-through testing facility north of Cornell’s campus.

As part of the recent hold on campus activities all nonessential research has been halted, putting current projects and papers in limbo.

Cornell Suspends Majority of on Campus Research

On March 15, Provost Michael Kotlikoff and Vice Provost Emmanuel Gianellis alerted principal investigators and researchers in an email that the majority of on campus research activities would be restricted.

For some, this suspension could result in significant delays in conducting experiments and publishing papers. But it remains unclear how this halt in research will affect the long term projects of laboratories or the degree progress of graduate students.