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COVID Testing Event

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(Photo credit UT Southwestern Medical Center)

Vaccine imageCOVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Opportunities

April 12, 2021 Moderna (1st Dose) Vaccine Clinic

F.F. Thompson Hospital is hosting more COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week and invites any individuals 18 and over to sign up today!

Location: F.F. Thompson Hospital, 350 Parrish Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424 

Date: April 12, 2021

Time: 3:45-6:20PM

Registration Link: NYSDOH April 12th Registration Link: FF Thompson Clinic

Geneva General Hospital: April 12, 2021- Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Clinic 

Location: Geneva General Hospital, 196 North Street, Conference Room C and D, Geneva, NY 14456

Date: April 12, 2021

Time: 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM                            

Registration Deadline: April 12, 2021

Registration Link: GGH April 12th Johnson and Johnson COVID 19 Clinic

Phone: 315-787-4176                                      

Who May Attend: Anyone at least 18 years old                                                                                                                  Public Notes: This is a SINGLE DOSE JOHNSON & JOHNSON COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for  the Community. Anyone 18 years and older is eligible for this vaccine.  

April 13, 2021 Moderna (1st Dose) Vaccine Clinic

Location: Ontario County Highway Office, 2930 County Road 48 Canandaigua, NY 14424 

Date: April 13, 2021 

Time: 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM                       

Registration Deadline: April 13, 2021

Registration Link: 

April 13 Ontario County COVID Vaccine Clinic

Fee: $0                                                                     

Phone: 585-396-4556

Who May Attend: Individuals aged 18 and over                


Individuals who register for this event will receive the 1st Dose of Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine. 

24 Hours after your First Dose visit has been entered and recorded, you will automatically be registered to receive the Second Dose of Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine on May 11th, 2021.  You will be given the same appointment time as the one you select for your First Dose Appointment.

Be sure your schedule allows you to come for your Second Dose on May 11th, 2021 day, BEFORE registering for the first dose of vaccine.  You are not guaranteed a second dose of vaccine if you miss your appointment.

(Updated 4/9/2021)

Vaccine at home

Loved One Needs COVID-19 Vaccine and Can't Leave Home?

Ontario County Public Health will be receiving COVID-19 vaccine for Ontario County residents who are homebound. This vaccine is for those unable to leave their home due to their health condition--individuals who cannot get into a car or ride in a car to their doctor, pharmacy, or a drive-through vaccine clinic.

Please call Ontario County Public Health at 585-396-4439 or email  if you or your loved one is homebound. Be sure to leave the person’s name and phone number so that we can call them. (This is only for Ontario County residents)

Update: As of 3/31/2021 46 housebound residents received COVID-19 vaccine. Please give us a call it you are homebound and unable to travel to receive your COVID-19 vaccine.

Did you know....50.3% 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 30 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). (Percentage represents vaccine doses administered to OC residents- all venues- data uses 87,931 residents over 18 years old). 29.8% of our residents have received a second dose!

(Percent based on data retrieved on 4/9/2021.) 

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 

Community Health: 

Community Health clinics may be able to provide vaccine. Click the links to learn more:

Finger Lakes Community Health 

Mosaic Health Rushville 

Pharmacies are only able to vaccinate 60 years and older at this time.  Check the following pharmacy websites for vaccination appointments. 

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)

Today's COVID-19 Data Update

As of April 11, 2021

  • 6, 679 Ontario County residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. 
  • 29 new cases. All 29 are community cases (not in long-term care). 
  • Make-up of new cases: Many cases related household contacts, many school age kids again and some community cases.
  • 319 COVID-19 positive individuals (are being isolated).  This is in addition to 459 mandatory quarantines (contacts of positive cases) totaling 778 in the isolation and quarantine category.
  • Hospital: 15 hospitalized patients (to the best of our knowledge). 
  • Recoveries: 6,261 recoveries reported since the start of the pandemic. 10 recoveries have been reported in the last 24 hours
  • Negative tests: 633
  • Deaths: 105 reported COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic. 
  • GIS maps- updated Monday-Friday:
April 11 COVID update
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

March 3 Rabies UPdated schedule

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)

COVID Mentla Health
Dog Bite Prevention Flyer (2)

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) 


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)