Cayuga Health Temporarily Suspends Ithaca Urgent Care Services

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BINGHAMTON, NY (WSKG) — The Ithaca Urgent Care on Arrowwood Drive is temporarily suspending services beginning Monday, Feb. 15.

Healthcare workers listen as Chief of Staff Doctor Joseph Varon talks to them in the Covid-19 ward at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on December 4, 2020. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP via Getty Images)

In a press release, Cayuga Health cited the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for the closure and announced staff and resources are being reallocated to the hospital. They are also redirecting people seeking emergency care to the Emergency Department at Cayuga Medical Center.

Other clinical services at the East Campus will continue, including Surgicare, Imaging and Cayuga Hematology Oncology Associates (CHOA). The CMC Urgent Care Center in Cortland will also remain open.*

“Many other communities locally and across the country are experiencing the same issues and are temporarily suspending services at Urgent Care centers,” John Turner, Vice President of Public Relations for Cayuga Health, wrote in a statement.

LincolnHealth in Maine has taken similar measures more than once since the start of the pandemic.

“We all remain hopeful as we move through 2021, as COVID-19 cases subside and the vaccines continue to rollout,” Turner said.

On Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 10% of New Yorkers had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

*Full disclosure: Cayuga Health is a WSKG underwriter.