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
Flu cases have been confirmed in Ontario County and flu is on the rise. Residents over 6 months of age should be vaccinated against flu every year. Getting vaccinated against the flu now, will help your body build immunity prior to holiday travel.
Symptoms of the flu usually occur suddenly and may include headache, fever, chills, body and muscle aches, severe fatigue, congestion and cough. If you have these symptoms, stay home. Antiviral medications may shorten the length of illness and severity of symptoms. Residents with illnesses compatible with influenza should contact their healthcare providers.
Don't forget to wash your hands frequently and eat healthy this holiday season.
If you are approaching a school bus and the yellow lights are flashing, the bus is preparing to stop. When the red lights are flashing on the bus, YOU MUST STOP. It's the law!
This includes school buses that are:
Parents, take a moment to remind kids of school bus safety and behavior rules. Remind them of the danger areas around school buses where the driver can't see them. Teach kids to:
A child's bad behavior can distract the school driver. Please remind your children to:
Parent's please note that according to New York State law, any child under 4 years of age, must be in a federally approved child safety seat, even if the child is riding in a school bus. See section 1229-c. (11) of the New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law.
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Visit the School Bus & School Zone Kids Safety page: Click here
(Updated August 15, 2017)
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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
What can I do to reduce the lead level in my drinking water?
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
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.