Public health information regarding the death of Cornell student Krista Marie Depew on May 26

The New York State Department of Health and the Washington and Tompkins County Health Departments have carefully reviewed all pertinent information surrounding the illness and death of Cornell University rising sophomore Krista Marie Depew, 19, in Albany on May 26, including the date of her departure from the Cornell campus. Public health officials conducted a thorough investigation and have determined that there is no increased risk resulting from her illness to the Cornell community and Tompkins County residents.

For further related public health information, please contact the Tompkins County Public Health Department at (607) 274-6600, or contact the Washington County Health Department at (518) 746-2400.

There is information on the Cornell Gannett Health Services web site about meningococcal disease, prevention and vaccination at or at the Tompkins County Health Department at

Anyone with concerns about symptoms of illness or exposure risk should consult with their primary health care provider. Cornell students can consult by phone with Gannett by calling (607) 255-5155.

Support services are available to all members of the Cornell community. Students may consult with a Gannett health care provider or counselor by calling (607) 255-5155. Employees may call the Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at (607) 255-2673. An Ithaca-based CrisisLine is available at (607) 272-1616. For additional resources, visit the Caring Community site at