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Questions About COVID-19 Vaccine? 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Did you know....23% of Ontario County residents have received at least one dose COVID-19 vaccine? This number includes those that work at local hospitals, nursing homes, healthcare agencies, mental health and dental care provider offices, first responding agencies like fire and police departments, many resident that are directly providing care in congruent homes, people over 65 years old and those with chronic disease. It also includes residents of nursing homes and developmentally disabled housing sites. (Both of these groups have been hit hard by COVID-19). 
New York State has instructed local Public Health agencies to vaccinate these people first. Rest assured that as soon as we receive vaccine, we create a distribution clinic based on the NYSDOH target population. We know you are frustrated and we will get to you as soon as we can. Meanwhile keep checking the NYS sites and the local pharmacies. 

(Percent based on data retrieved on 3/5/2021.) 

COVID-19 Vaccine Opportunity

Mosaic Health in Rushville (formerly known as Rushville Health Center) is holding a COVID 19 vaccination clinic this Saturday, March 6th for adults 65 years and older and adults 18-64 with underlying medical conditions.  

They are located at 2 Rubin Drive Rushville, NY 14544.  

Must register: Registration Link 

This is NOT a Ontario County Public Health clinic. If you have questions regarding this clinic, please call Mosaic Health at 585-554-4400.

Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Hub 

The Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Hub is a new website that allows you to check your eligibility and provides you with vaccine safety information. Click the link below to check it out!

Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Hub 

Individuals 65 years and older:   NYSDOH has designated Health Care Systems/Health Care Provider offices and pharmacies to vaccinate those 65 years and older. Patients in this age category whose doctor office is affiliated with URMC or Rochester Regional Health will be receiving a phone call directly from their doctor office or Health Care System in the next few weeks and will receive an appointment date for vaccination. 

Finger Lakes Community Health and Mosaic Health Rushville are also vaccinating 65 years and older.  

Pharmacies are only able to vaccinate 65 years and older at this time.  Check the following pharmacy websites for vaccination appointments. 

As more vaccine becomes available we will share information about COVID-19 vaccination clinics. 

You Ask...We Answer...

Has a case of UK variant COVID-19 been identified in Ontario County? 

A case of UK variant COVID-19 was identified in an Ontario County resident by the NYS lab during routine surveillance. This case of COVID-19 was quickly investigated and appeared to be no different than our other cases. The individual recovered. 
This is not a surprise as viruses do not respect boarders. So far, 154 UK variant cases have been found in New York State. 

How does this change what YOU need to do?
YOU need to continue:
• Wearing a mask (please cover your nose too)
• Stay out of crowds
• Wash your hands
• Stay home if you are sick
• When available, get a COVID-19 vaccine

(February 25, 2021)

Can the social distancing requirement in schools be decreased to 3 feet?

We know this is a very frustrating time. We are parents with children in the school districts as well. At this time, there are no proposed guidance revisions to modify the minimum social distancing requirements from 6 feet to 3 feet. 

According to the New York State Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (8/26/20), social distancing is defined as six feet of space in all directions between individuals or use of appropriate physical barriers between individuals that do not adversely affect air flow, heating, cooling, or ventilation, or otherwise present a health or safety risk. If used, physical barriers must be put in place in accordance with United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines, and may include strip curtains, cubicle walls, code compliant materials, or other impermeable divider or partition.

(Updated 2/23/2021)

Safe Marriage Receptions (COVID-19 Wedding Guidance)

No official NYSDOH guidance has been released for weddings.

Here is what we know: 

  • New rules for wedding receptions, are set to take effect on March 15, 2021. No specific guidance has been released from NYSDOH as of yet. 
  • Starting March 15, 2021 wedding receptions may take place at venues in the state, but with only half capacity (up to 150 people) allowed.
  • Additionally, everyone who attends must get tested for COVID-19 beforehand. No timeline for testing has been identified as of yet.
  • The local health department must approve the event itself as part of Governor Cuomo's plan announced on January 29, 2020.  As soon as we have more guidance we will share both on our website and our Facebook pages. (2/12/2021)

Today's COVID-19 Data Update

As of March 7, 2021

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What YOU Need to Know about COVID-19 Symptoms: 

Residents with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms. (Some have had no symptoms at all.) Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. 
STAY HOME AND ISOLATE in ONE ROOM with these COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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Positive for COVID-19, Now What?

What to Do If You Test Positive:

Take steps to care for yourself and help protect others in your home and community. 

CDC's What To Do If YOU Test Positive

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Ontario County Public Health Awarded National Accreditation Through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)!

Ontario County Public Health is proud to announce that it has been awarded a national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). 

The five year process for applying for PHAB accreditation has improved both our program effectiveness and the quality our essential services. We didn't do it alone. The application for accreditation was submitted with several other county health departments (Steuben, Seneca, Schuyler, Wayne and Yates) making this the very first regional accreditation in the United States! 

The national accreditation program sets standards against which the nation’s governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance. More than 80 percent of the U.S. population now reaps the benefit of being served by a health department that has undergone PHAB’s rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets a set of quality standards and measures.

Final Accreditation Press Release 9 10 20-page-001

Public Health Accreditation Board

(Updated 9/10/2020)

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Learn the Right Way to Wash Your Hands

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Next Naloxone Program

Next Naloxone is a new program aimed at improving  access to Narcan for people living in rural communities

Next Naloxone is for anyone that can not access Narcan (due to cost, transportation or other reasons) through pharmacies, syringe exchange programs or other means. Follow the link to receive local resources and the lifesaving drug Narcan via the mail.
To learn more visit: Next Distro

(Updated 9/2/2020) 


2-1-1 Lifeline

Resources in the Finger Lakes

Need to be connected with a service in the Finger Lakes Region and not sure who to call? Simply dial 2-1-1 for local resources. 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

2-1-1 Life Line

(Updated 8/9/2018)

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Water Testing

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is offering assistance with lead testing of water, for as long as funds are available.


Common Questions

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? 

If the lead level is higher than 0.015 mg/l only in your “first-draw-sample”, then the source of lead in your drinking water is likely from the fixture. 

You should:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling water will not reduce lead.
  4. 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.

Free Lead Testing Pilot Program NYSDOH

Where can I get more information?
New York State Department of Health 
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

Certified Product Listings for Lead Reduction

(Update: 9/2/2020)

Stay Informed About the Former Geneva Foundry Site 

For the latest updates on the former Geneva Foundry site, visit:                 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 
Register for news and updates from the 
Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Remediation 
Do you have specific site related health questions? 
     Anthony Perretta
     Corning Tower, Room 1789
     Albany, New York 12237
     Email NYSDOH-BEFI

(Updated 9/2/2020)