Potential COVID-19 Exposure at Harvard Place Recess Coffee

The Onondaga County Health Department has confirmed that an employee at Recess Coffee, 110 Harvard Place in Syracuse has tested positive for COVID-19. Members of the public who visited the cafe on these days and times may have been exposed:

  • Tuesday, May 19: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday, May 22: 7:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 23: 7:00 am to 2:30 pm
  • Monday, May 25: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The employee was wearing a face mask while working. All Recess Coffee locations have a plexiglass barrier at the customer service area and continue to follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and physical distancing.

Health Department investigators are in the process of identifying all close contacts of the individual and notifying them. Anyone who visited the Harvard Place cafe during the identified time periods should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after they visited the store. If symptoms do develop, stay home and call your doctor for further guidance. If you are elderly, have underlying medical conditions, or are immunocompromised, call your doctor early even if your illness is mild. In an emergency call 911. Testing is also widely available, and anyone can get tested for COVID-19 by visiting one of the clinics listed at covid19.ongov.net/.

Businesses and employers can prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 within the workplace. All employers should implement a plan that identifies and controls all areas and job tasks with potential exposures to COVID-19, conducting daily symptom and temperature screening of employees before they enter the facility, requiring face masks and frequent hand washing, ensuring social distancing, telling sick employees to stay home, and educating employees about steps they can take to protect themselves at work and at home.

Some people who are positive for COVID-19 do not have symptoms, so it is important to stay at least 6 feet away from others and wear a face covering/mask when in public. Continue to wash your hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, and disinfect surfaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Information and guidance related to COVID-19 changes daily. We are continually updating our website, covid19.ongov.net to provide easy access to accurate and timely local information. Also regularly visit the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites for statewide and national news about COVID-19.