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COVID-19 Cases in the Ontario County Community

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COVID-19 Update for October 25, 2020

628 Ontario County residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

  • 1 transfer to another county and 4 new community-acquired (not in long-term care) cases today.
    • Ages: Under 18 (1), 20-29 (1), 40-49 and (1) 50-59 (1) -old category. n=4
    • Residence: Residents are from Victor (2), Canandaigua (1) and Clifton Springs (1) n=4
    • Make-up of new cases: A couple of school associated cases and a household contact of a known positive (extremely high risk) and a general community case. 
  • As of today, 102 COVID-19 positive individuals (are being isolated, monitored and are checked on daily by Public Health staff). This is in addition to 478 mandatory quarantines (contacts of positive cases) that are also being monitored and contacted daily (totaling 580 in the isolation and quarantine category).
  • Negative tests:
    • 257 negative test results reported in the last 24 hours
  • Hospital: 
    • COVID-19 positive resident are in the hospital
  • Recoveries: 
    • 494 recoveries reported since the start of the crisis 
    • Increase of 1 residents today.
  • Deaths:
    • No change in the number of deaths
  • October 25 COVID update
Please wear masks when you cannot stay home, stay six feet from others and avoid crowded areas. Stay home if you are sick. Continue to wash your hands frequently. If you are concerned about a particular business not adhering to the mask or social distancing rules contact local Code Enforcement. Check the School Report Card- NYSDOH for information about COVID-19 and your child's school.

To see the interactive Ontario County COVID-19 Case map: 

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COVID-19 Case map will be updated Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Case Counts will continue to be available 7 days a week. The map and the graphic are interactive. To make the graphs larger and easier to read just hover your mouse over the four arrows and click to enlarge. This works for both graphs. To enlarge the map click the + button.

Looking for the past COVID-19 written updates? We have moved the past update to better serve you.  Past COVID-19 Updates


Hot Topics in COVID-19

October 22, 2020

Clarification and Update

Ontario County Public Health continues to investigate several small clusters of COVID-19 outbreaks in Ontario County. Many of the clusters under investigation are from social gatherings of less than the recommended fifty people. 

 We would like to clarify that a previously reported “block party” over the Columbus Day weekend in Victor was termed as a “block party” by a case. We have received clarification that this was not a “block party” but was a multi-family gathering on Montgomery Lane on October 11th. There was no party on Brent Knoll.

 While Ontario County Public Health does not generally release name of streets where events occur, this was released to inform the public regarding a cluster connected with this gathering. It is important that if you attended this gathering or are in close contact with anyone that did attend, you should be alerted that you may have been exposed to COVID-19. If you attended the party, please quarantine yourself for 14 days, if you have symptoms, get tested for COVID-19 immediately.

Oct 22 Press release

(Updated 10/22/2020)

October 21, 2020

Block Parties, Sleepovers and Clambakes Are Giving Us a Fright!

COVID-19 Clusters Identified in Ontario County

Ontario County Public Health is investigating several small clusters of COVID-19 in Ontario County. If you attended a block party over Columbus Day weekend (October 10-12, 2020) on Brent Knoll or Montgomery Lane in Victor please quarantine yourself for 14 days. If you have symptoms, get tested for COVID-19 immediately. Eight Ontario County residents have tested positive (an additional four are presumed positive) for COVID-19 after attending the block party. Smaller clusters have been identified in hospitals, clambakes, congregant living facilities and children’s sleepovers.

 WE NEED EVERYONE’S HELP. Our COVID-19 positive cases and hospitalizations are increasing. Our goal of NOT overwhelming our healthcare systems remains a priority. We understand that our residents want to return to their normal social lives. Masking and social distancing may be part of our new normal even after the vaccine is available. Please HELP by avoiding parties and proms, wearing your face covering properly, practicing social distancing, staying out of crowds, washing your hands frequently and staying home if you are sick. For Halloween this year please enjoy a virtual celebration or masked, socially distanced outside activities. 

COVID increase 10 21 press release

(Updated 10/21/2020)

No Symptoms But Need COVID-19 Testing?

Need COVID-19 testing for nursing home visits or employment? (The following does not count for preop testing.)
Asymptomatic (no COVID-19 symptoms) testing is available through Finger Lakes Community Health:
- Every Thursday from 9 AM to 10 AM at Penn Yan Community Health, Ovid Community Health, and Newark Community Health OR every Thursday from 1 to 2 PM at Geneva Community Health.
- Diagnostic tests only (not antibody testing.) (Just FYI and for clarity)
- MUST register off of the link below (click the orange tab at the bottom of their page)
- There is a $60.00 fee. *If you’re faced with financial hardship and unable to pay at the time of the event, please contact (315) 871-1110
- You do NOT have to be a patient of Finger Lakes Community Health to receive a test.
- If you have questions please call (315) 781-8448.
 - Spanish interpreters are available 

 Finger Lakes Community Health COVID-19 Testing

If you are having trouble getting asymptomatic testing through your healthcare provider please click the link, answer the questions and schedule a drive-thru test: Schedule a COVID- 19 Test

 To learn more about this change visit:



Get Your Flu Shot BEFORE Halloween!

Did you know that it takes TWO weeks for your body to build immunity against the flu after you have received the flu shot. Get your flu shot NOW!


Check out the Flu Before Boo featured articles:

Daily Messenger

Finger Lakes Times


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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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Dog Bite Prevention Flyer (2)
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Urgent Need for Blood

Donating Blood is Safe and Easy!

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there have been severe blood shortages in New York and throughout the country over concerns it might not be safe to go to blood donation centers. Giving blood is safe. Blood donation centers have implemented precautions to minimize density and ensure the safety of donors and staff, including requiring donors to make an appointment. 

Blood Donor Locations

(Updated 9/2/2020)

Learn the Right Way to Wash Your Hands

NArcan Kit 4mg

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) 

Blessing Boxs

Blessing Boxes = Free Food Cupboards

Blessing Boxes are popping up all over Ontario County! Please help by filling these food cupboards with healthy nonperishable foods. Thank you Scouts!

Public Health Awarded $21,774 for Outstanding Performance and Outcomes!

Public Health is excited to announce the award of $21,774 for outstanding performance and outcomes in our Immunization Program (specifically Perinatal Hepatitis B). The Performance Incentive Program Bureau of Immunization: Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program (PHBPP) and the Assessment, Feedback, Incentive and eXchange (AFIX) program is an ongoing effort from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). The goal of the program is to improve the quality and timeliness reporting of performance measures and outcomes at local health departments. Ontario County Public Health is among 34 counties to achieve a perfect score of (100%) in the performance period.

This award will help support future immunization program expenses such as the purchasing of technology, data loggers and storage units (for vaccine refrigeration) and staff training. Funding will also be used to support efforts referenced in Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Good health, we are in this together!

(Updated 11/26/2019)

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This is Quitting!

This is Quitting is a free mobile program from Truth Initiative designed to help young people quit vaping. The first-of-its-kind text messaging program incorporates messages from other young people like them who have attempted to, or successfully quit, e-cigarettes.

The first-of-its-kind program to help young people quit vaping, This is Quitting gives youth and young adults the motivation and support they need to ditch JUUL and other e-cigarettes. Learn more about how it works and the additional resources available for parents of young vapers and for adults who want to quit. 

Learn more, visit: This is Quitting 

(Updated 9/2/2020)

Action!

With the help of Midlakes School District and AdvioAdvertising, students from Brittany Sullivan and Carolyn Wescott’s healthclasses completed three silent movies educating the public about emotional,physical and mental health. Health class students learned about emotional,physical and mental health as well as where to find reliable healthinformation. The health classes also learned about health marketing and evenused photos from their own lives in the movies. 

 Check out the following locations Canandaigua Family YMCA,Charlie’s Restaurant, Mac’s Philly Steaks, Roseland Bowl, The Villager, CasaItaliana, Pickering Pub, Greater Canandaigua Civics Center, Canandaigua Lady,Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters, Tim Horton’s (Victor), Finns Tap Room andPart House, United Martial Arts Center, Sports Academy of Victor and Milsy’sBarber Shop to see the videos. The first video, “Mental Health, With Teens forTeens” is currently featured on the Ontario County Public Health website (see below) andFacebook page.

(Updated 10/15/2019)

Ontario County Public Health Goes Viral!!!

Parent's what do you know about the dangers of vaping? Over 10,000 people have watched our video! Check out the video to learn more vaping prevention.

(Updated 5/10/2019)

2019 CHOO Award Supply a Smile

Choose Health Ontario Award  Winner!

Congratulations Supply a Smile!

Ontario County Health Collaborative (OCHC) is excited to announce the winner for the 2019 Choose Health Ontario Award (CHOO). Congratulations to Supply a Smile!  Supply a Smile is a free dental service program for Ontario County residents who are at risk of falling through dental care gaps. Dental services are given to those whom are not covered by insurance or Medicaid. The Supply a Smile's program consists of local dentists, hygienists, and volunteers that generously donate their time to provide dental services to those most in need.

A very special thank you and congratulations to our award nominees which included:

  • Diana Modera, RN and Jodi Hennessey, LPN were nominated for their commitment to community outreach and population health.
  • Officers Adam Weller and Justin Green from the Ontario County Jail were nominated for their commitment to educational programing for those residing in jail custody.
  • Finger Lakes Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) collaborates with the law enforcement and 9-1-1 dispatchers to provide expedited response for mental health crisis. This service allows our residents to receive the help they need in a timely manner.
  • Dr. Stiner in collaboration with Ontario County Public Health and the Humane Society administered almost 14,000 rabies vaccinations at local rabies prevention clinics.
  • Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York was nominated for their part in the healthy food drive initiative called Nourish Your Neighbor (NYN). NYN increased the number of healthy food options donated to local food pantries.

The award was presented to Supply a Smile at the 53rd Annual Ontario County Safety Awards Banquet on March 26, 2019. In addition, and awardee will be recognized by the Ontario County Board of Supervisors by an official resolution.

For more information about: Supply a Smile

(Updated 9/2/2019)

Ontario County Annual Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Report

The Annual CHIP Report documents progress made in 2018 on the
implementation of the 2016-2018 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The purpose of the report is to determine if our combined efforts have had a positive effect on the health of our community; if our process measures have been met; if thereare strategies that should be set aside or added; and if partners are able to continue their work. Please take a moment to read our CHIP Report.

  2018 CHIP Report PDF    

(Updated 9/2/2020)

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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)

Prevent Lyme Disease!

Check out the graphics below!

(Updated 7/27/2018)

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2018 Public Health Works!

Honor Roll Award Winner

Congratulations Christine Pullin, RN, BSN!

Cristine Pullin

Christine has worked as Immunization Coordinator for Ontario County Public Health for three years. Among other duties, she visits pediatric practices, daycares and Mennonite schools to assess vaccination rates and provide education about best practices. Due to her efficiency and attention to detail in 2018-2019, the department received over $20,000 in incentive award funds the New York State Department of Health statewide performance‐based incentive program.

Most importantly, Christine does her work in ways that cultivate mutual respect and cooperation. Christine is an effective advocate for immunization. During immunization clinics, clients often leave the department immunized for more vaccine preventable diseases than they were originally scheduled to receive. As a member of the Finger Lakes Migrant Coalition she demonstrates her desire to serve the community and promote equity in the delivery of disease prevention education and health promotion.

Visit the NYSDOH Announcement

(Update 9/2/2020)


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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.

Water

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? 
Contact:
     Anthony Perretta
     NYSDOH-BEFI
     Corning Tower, Room 1789
     Albany, New York 12237
     1-518-402-7860
     Email NYSDOH-BEFI

(Updated 9/2/2020)