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Statement on George Floyd

“Like most Americans, my family and I have watched the horrific events in our nation over the past two weeks that are incredibly unsettling and disturbing. As a nation, already drained from months of fighting COVID-19, we have now witnessed the tragic murder of George Floyd.

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Schuyler Hospital COVID-19 Testing Site Changing Hours

Schuyler Hospital has announced that they are changing the hours for their COVID-19 Testing Site starting Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

The testing site at 220 Steuben Street, Montour Falls – available to essential businesses – will be open Monday and Friday mornings, and Wednesday afternoons by appointment only. Businesses must pre-register by calling the Hospital at (607) 535-8639 extension 2718. Appointment times will be assigned during the call. An on-line application is also being developed.

Schuyler Hospital’s COVID-19 testing site is available to essential businesses reopening in the region under Phase 1 and Phase 2 of New York State’s guidelines. They will continue to offer drive through services for anyone with a doctor’s order during this time.

Testing is required to meet NYS guidelines and ensure the safety of our workplaces and community. As directed by Governor Cuomo, COVID-19 testing is free for all New Yorkers, regardless of health insurance.

“Schuyler Hospital is proud to be a community partner in combatting the COVID-19 virus,” states Rebecca Gould, Schuyler Hospital President and CFO. “We encourage business and front-line essential workers to be tested to ensure the protection of their staff, the business, and the community we serve.”

“Schuyler  Hospital and Cayuga Health have been an outstanding resource and partner, both for the county and the entire region during this pandemic,” stated Timothy O’Hearn, Schuyler County Administrator. “Expanding the hours and providing more tests in our county not only allowed us to meet the requirements by the Governor to reopen and start getting back to work, but will help to ensure that we can continue our phased in approach to restarting our economy.”

Experienced and knowledgeable Schuyler Hospital employees provide the CDC-recommended PRC nasal swab test at car side. The sample process itself takes 10-15 seconds.

Who should get tested?

A list of essential workers is defined and frequently updated by New York State and can be found at (

If you have questions, contact Schuyler Hospital’s COVID-19 Hotline at (607) 535-8602 or email

Testing for COVID-19 is also available at the Cayuga Health Sampling Center located at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, 40 Catherwood Rd., between the hours of 10 am-3 pm Monday through Friday.  Pre-register online at or through the Call Center, 607-319-5708.  Sampling is to determine if you currently have COVID-19; this is not the antibody test.


About Schuyler Hospital

Schuyler Hospital, part of Cayuga Health, is a 25-bed critical access hospital, with a 120-bed skilled nursing facility attached. Schuyler Hospital’s main campus – on over-50-acre facilities overlooking breathtaking Seneca Lake – is located in Montour Falls, New York. For 100 years, Schuyler Hospital has been the primary healthcare provider in and around Schuyler County. They have evolved over the years into a network of providers, programs, and services that reaches throughout Schuyler County and into neighboring counties to meet the healthcare needs of a population of over 32,000 residents.

About Cayuga Health

Cayuga Health has two hospitals, Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital, as well as a multi-specialty group, Cayuga Medical Associates. Combined employment, including affiliated organizations, is over 2,200 employees. CHS is clinically linked to Mayo Medical Laboratories, Rochester Regional Health for cardiac services, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center for cancer services, and the University of Rochester for neurosciences. It has also teamed up with Family Health Network of Central New York to enhance care in the region. To learn more about the Cayuga Health System, visit

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Cayuga Health To Begin Resumption of Elective Surgeries

Cayuga Medical Center Is Prepared and Ready to Begin Servicing Surgical Patients The Week of May 4th,  Schuyler Hospital May 12th

Cayuga Health announced today that they meet Governor Cuomo’s requirements to begin performing outpatient elective surgeries. Cayuga Medical Center will resume the week of May 4, 2020 and Schuyler Hospital on May 12th. The NYS requirements consist of fewer than 10 new hospitalizations of coronavirus patients in the county over the past 10 days. Patients also must test negative for COVID-19 before undergoing a surgical procedure.

“For the past seven weeks, COVID-19 has impacted our operation throughout Cayuga Health System. Per the Governor’s announcement last week, our team is preparing, and getting ready. Safety is our first priority on meeting the needs of our elective surgery patients,” states Dr. Martin Stallone, President and CEO of Cayuga Health. “We are ready and able to resume elective surgery with an adequate supply of PPE, all infection control measures will be followed, and safety monitoring is already in place to make sure our patients are safe. Our team in surgical services has been working hard over the past several weeks to prepare for the reopening of outpatient elective surgeries and we are ready to resume.”

“We want to thank our providers and employees for their dedication and support during this very challenging period,” adds Stallone. “Throughout this public health emergency, I am very proud of the response, dedication, and flexibility of our entire team. Together, we have been able to meet

the many challenges presented by COVID-19 head on and we will continue to make sure our patients feel safe under our care.”

Testing for COVID-19 is available at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site located at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, 40 Catherwood Rd., between the hours of 10 am-3 pm Monday through Friday. A website with on-line registration is available at for patients to review the screening criteria and pre-register before their arrival, allowing greater efficiencies with patient volume and decreased wait times.

In addition, a call center has been set up for patients who may not have access to Internet, need assistance registering, or have questions. The call center number is 607-319-5708. Individuals are strongly encouraged to pre-register prior to coming to the site.

The Sampling Center is located in portable structures at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot and is staffed by experienced and knowledgeable Cayuga Health employees.

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