Beat the Summer Heat!
Extreme heat is expected. Ontario County Public Health encourages you to stay cool and stay hydrated.
Did you know that some people are more at risk of developing a heat-related illness than others? Anyone can be affected by heat-related illness but the following groups of people are particularly at risk:
- Older Adults (Aged 65+)
- People with chronic medical conditions (like asthma and diabetes)
- Outdoor workers
- Infants and children
- Low income households
Stay cool. Avoid direct sunlight when you are outside and close your shades while indoors. Wear lightweight, light colored clothing. Try a cool bath or shower or a midday sponge bath. During a heat spell, don’t rely solely on a fan to keep you cool; seek out air-conditioned spaces like malls and public buildings. Finally, be aware of people at high risk for heat-related injuries and lend a helping hand. Check frequently on elderly or infirm family, friends and neighbors.
Stay hydrated. Increase your water intake and don’t wait until you feel thirsty, to drink. If working or playing outside, you will need 2-4 cups of water an hour to keep your body temperature normal and to avoid dehydration. It is best to avoid sugary beverages, alcohol and caffeine. Remind family, friends and neighbors to drink plenty of water.
Stay informed. Know the weather forecast and check for heat alerts when planning outdoor chores and activities. Strenuous outdoor activities can wait until a cooler days or cooler time of the day (early morning and later evening). Learn the symptoms of heat-related illness. Dehydration starts with thirst and progresses to headache, faintness and confusion, particularly in the elderly. Heat exhaustion includes profuse sweating, cold clammy skin, dizziness, nausea and muscle cramps. Heat stroke is life a threatening emergency. Symptoms include hot, dry skin, confusion, seizures and loss of consciousness. Call 911 if you suspect someone is experiencing heat stroke.
Enjoy summer in the Finger Lakes. Remember, extreme heat can affect your family, neighbors and even pets. Please look before you lock your car. Make sure there are no children in the back seat. During extreme heat, leave pets at home with plenty of water and a place to cool-off.
Residents needing financial assistance for fans and air-conditioners, call the HEAP Cooling Assistance Program at Ontario County Department of Social Services, 585-396-4061. This program is based on a medical need.
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"2018 Public Health Works! Honor Roll"
Teresa Shaffer RN
Ontario County Public Health is proud to announce that our very own Registered Nurse, Teresa Shaffer has been named to the New York State Department of Health, "2018 Public Health Works! Honor Roll." Teresa has worked tirelessly to help increase the amounts of healthy foods available to areas of need in Ontario County.
To view the list of winners: Click here
2017 Annual Report
The Ontario County Public Health 2017 Annual Report Is Now Available!
Take a moment to read the 2017 Annual Report. Find out how your local public health department prevents, promotes and protects your health!
For the 2017 Annual Report: Click here
National Public Health Week 2018
Choose Health Ontario Award Winner!
On March 27, 2018, Jack Marren (Victor), Chairman of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors and Mary Beer, Director of Public Health, presented the Choose Health Ontario Award to the Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Recovery Agency (FLACRA) for their commitment to drug and alcohol recovery in Ontario County. The award was presented at the 55th Annual Safety Awards Dinner sponsored by the Ontario County Safety Council.
Each year, the Ontario County Health Collaborative recognizes an individual or group for outstanding efforts in health and wellness promotion. FLACRA is a non-profit agency that has been serving individuals and their loved ones touched by addiction for over four decades. Their innovative and collaborative approach has resulted in the growth of services to residents of the Finger Lakes Region. Their services include an Addictions Crisis Center, Mobile Crisis Team, Medication Assisted Treatment & Peer Support, Housing, Care Management and Outpatient Clinics. FLACRA’s expertise and programming are essential components of addressing the opioid epidemic.
OCHC is comprised of over 30 stakeholders working together to make a difference in the health of Ontario County residents by providing programs, education, tools, motivation, and opportunities for making healthy choices. The collaborative began giving the Choose Health Ontario Award eight years ago to individuals, agencies, or programs in recognition of their contributions towards supporting health in our communities. UR Thompson Hospital’s Wellness Department, Regional Transit Service (RTS) Ontario, Geneva Reads and House of John were among the worthy 2018 CHOO Award nominations. On behalf of the Ontario County Health Collaborative, we extend a special thank you to all of these organizations.
To read the article in the Finger Lakes Times: Click here
To read the article in the Daily Messenger: Click Here
Rabies vaccine is the law.
Check out the 2018 Rabies Clinic schedule below.
Learn To Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.
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Ticks bugging you?
Take a moment to watch our videos on tick bite prevention and how to remove a tick.
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The Sex Drive Wraps up Year Two
Water and Lead
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is offering assistance with lead testing of water, for as long as funds are available. Click here for more information about free lead testing for water
How does lead get into the water we drink?
Inmost cases, lead in drinking water does not come from the source itself but from a plumbing system such as water fixtures, pipes and solder. Water in the plumbing system can dissolve lead from fixtures, pipes and solder. This is called leaching. Soft, corrosive or acidic (low pH) water is more likely to cause leaching. Water left standing in plumbing systems over a long period of time also increases leaching. The longer the water stands in the pipes, the greater the possibility of lead being dissolved into the water.
What can I do to reduce the lead level in my drinking water?
- Run your water to flush out lead. Run water for at least 30 seconds or until water is cold to the touch or reaches a steady temperature before using it for drinking or cooking if it hasn’t been used for several hours. This flushes lead-containing water from the fixture.
- Use only cold tap water for cooking, drinking or making a baby's formula. Do not cook with or drink water from the hot water tap; lead dissolves more easily into hot water. DO NOT USE WATER FROM THE HOT WATER TAP TO MAKE BABY FORMULA.
- Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling water will not reduce lead.
- Replace your plumbing fixtures if they are found to contain lead. Plumbing materials, including pipes, new brass faucets, fittings, and valves, including those advertised as “lead-free,” may contribute lead to drinking water. The law allows plumbing products (such as pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures) with a weighted average of the lead content of wet surfaces of up to 0.25% lead to be considered “lead free.”
If the lead level is higher than 0.015 mg/l in both first-draw and flush samples, your home may be served by a lead service line and/or plumbing materials in your home may contain lead. Refer to the step 4 above.
Also, consider purchasing bottled water or a water filter. Read the package to be sure the filter is approved to reduce lead or contact NSF International at 800-NSF-8010 for information on performance standards for water filters. Be sure to maintain and replace a filter device in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions to protect water quality. Any measure you take to reduce your exposure to lead should be continued until the lead source(s) has been minimized or eliminated.
Where can I get more information?
New York State Department of Health
Lead Poisoning Prevention
Certified Product Listings for Lead Reduction
It's All about Control
In Ontario County, 3 out of 10 people with high blood pressure do not have it under control.
Check out this quick video for ideas to decrease your blood pressure. It just might save your life!
2016-2018 Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHA/CHIP)
In 2016, Ontario County Public Health (OCPH) worked with area hospitals, S2AY Rural Health Network and other community leaders to complete a Community Health Assessment (CHA) and develop a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Through this effort, three priorities areas were identified.
- Priority 1: Prevent chronic diseases (including hypertension) by reducing the rates of obesity and tobacco use.
- Priority 2: Increase access to preventative healthcare.
- Priority 3: Promote mental health and prevent substance abuse.
Zika is usually transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito in countries where the virus is prevalent in the mosquito population. It can also be shared during sex by men who are infected with the virus. Unborn babies are at risk for birth defects if their moms get Zika during pregnancy. Read more.
Resources for Providers
- NYDOH, ZikaAdvisories and Information
- U. S. Zika Pregnancy Registry
- Advice for People Living in or Traveling to Florida
- Zika Page-posters, updates and guidance.
Stay Informed About the Former Geneva Foundry Site
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