Ontario County Public Health
What's New With Flu?
New York State Influenza Surveillance Report
Week Ending on February 10, 2024
- NYSDOH reports that flu is in it's twelfth consecutive week of widespread activity.
- 24% decrease in hospitalized cases compared with the previous week
- Eleven influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported in New York State.
Get vaccinated to protect people at high risk for severe flu like those living in nursing homes, children under 5 years old, and people with lung conditions like asthma.
Hand washing, healthy eating, staying home if you are sick, drinking water, getting plenty of rest, and exercise remain a great game plan to a healthy this winter. Don't be shy in indoor spaces, wear a mask if you are more comfortable.
What can you do? Get vaccinated against flu. Area pharmacists have plenty of flu vaccine. If you are over 65- years-old speak with your doctor or pharmacist about High Dose flu vaccine. High Dose flu vaccine can help your immune system build a better response. Remember, babies 6 months and older need a flu shot too. Babies and kids under three years old often receive their flu vaccine at their healthcare provider office. Stay informed. New York State Department of Education monitors and updates positive influenza cases every week (Thursday). You can track the number of flu cases and stay informed and by visiting the NYSDOH Influenza Weekly Activity Report.
Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19-related hospitalization and death. The updated COVID-19 vaccine is available in local pharmacies. This vaccine is new CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness this fall and winter. Even if you received the past COVID vaccine and booster doses, you still need the updated COVID vaccine. Flu vaccine can be safely given/received at the same time as the updated COVID vaccine.
To track the hospitalizations visit: NYS Department of Health COVID-19 Hospitalizations
To find an updated COVID-19 vaccine: COVID-19 Vaccine Finder
Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST)
Workshop Dates: November 18 & November 19, 2024 (BOTH days)
Times: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm both days
Location: 3019 County Complex Dive, room 204
Cost: There is no fee for this training, but you must preregister
Registration can be completed using this link: ASIST Class: November 18 & November 19, 2024 or scan the QR code
Space is limited, please register by: November 12, 2024
Breastfeeding Basics Class
No cost Breastfeeding education class for expectant parents. Everyone is welcome including significant others. Not sure about breastfeeding? That's ok, come and check out the class anyway.
A ONE DAY Breastfeeding Class is now available!
Chronic Disease Self-Management Classes
Learn to manage your chronic illness without leaving your home.
- No computer needed. All you need is a phone.
- The program is mailed to you.... Free!
- We meet over the phone (conference call) once a week for six weeks.
- Small classes of only 5 people.
Interested? Call 1-800-299-2995 or HealthEducation@ontariocountyny.gov
This Birth Class is full!
Keep scrolling to sign-up for our next available Birth Class!
Community Education for the GW Lisk Site (Clifton Springs)
According to the Department of Conservation (DEC), the G.W. Lisk site in Clifton Springs was identified as a Significant Threat for three main reasons:
1 – Concentrations of TCE in Groundwater: Trichloroethylene (TCE) is used as a solvent for degreasing metal parts during the manufacture of a variety of products. TCE and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) exceed DEC groundwater standards.
2 – Soil Vapor Intrusion: Soil Vapor Intrusion (SVI) is a process where contaminants in the groundwater may move into soil pore spaces (the air spaces between the individual soil particles). Over time, these contaminated vapors may then move into overlying buildings and affect the indoor air quality.
3 – Local Geologic Influences: The geology of Clifton Springs allows for groundwater to travel more quickly than in other areas of New York State.
Click the DEC Fact Sheet link to learn more: DEC Fact Sheet
2023 Choose Health Ontario Award
Church Member, Victor Nelson and the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church Wins the Choose Health Ontario Award!
Victor Nelson and the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Geneva are the winners of the 2023 Choose Health Ontario Award! Pastor Victor Nelson and the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Geneva worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Victor Nelson and the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church:
- Provided education and promoted COVID-19 vaccine among parishioners and the Geneva community.
- Graciously opened its doors to Public Health staff and hosted vaccination clinics for adults and children in the Geneva community between April of 2021 and June of 2022.
- Leadership scheduled appointments for community members via the NY State Countermeasure Data Management System (CDMS).
- Volunteers staffed the clinics, working elbow-to-elbow with public health staff and other county employees. They provided traffic control, check-in of vaccines, and post-vaccination observation. Their presence demonstrated to their community that vaccine was desirable and reassured them that it was safe.
A very special congratulations and thank you to church member, Victor Nelson and the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. Their actions significantly increased vaccine uptake in the Geneva area.
The award is presented on behalf of the Ontario County Health Collaborative (OCHC) which consists of Ontario County Public Health, local healthcare systems, community agencies and healthy-minded volunteers. The OCHC work collaboratively to improve the health of Ontario County residents.
Food Insecurity in the Finger Lakes
A recent Food Insecurity Survey created by Pivital Public Health Partnership surveyed 1100 people residing in Ontario, Livingston, Yates, Wayne, Seneca, and other neighboring counties, Pivital Public Health Partnership discovered 61% of those households are unable to always keep food on the table. Please take a moment to watch the video and learn about food insecurity in the Finger Lakes. Want to help? Contact your local food pantry to volunteer in your community. (5/4/2023)
|A community health improvement process uses Community Health Assessment (CHA) data to identify priority issues, develop and implement strategies for action, and establish accountability to ensure measurable health improvement, which are often outlined in the form of a community health improvement plan (CHIP). We can not complete the CHA process without YOU for responding to our Community Health Surveys. Thank you!
Click the graphic to download our Community Improvement Plan!
Kate Ott, RN, MPH
Director of Public Health
Hours: M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Ph: 585-396-4343
- Fax: 585-396-4551
After Hours Emergency
- Ph: 585-394-4560, ask for the Public Health Nurse on call.
- Community Engagement Toolkit
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- County Health Profile, 2017
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- Ontario County Health Collaborative
- Ontario County Resource Guide
- Permits & Licenses, (Including Food Permits) NY State
- Restaurant Violations, NY State
- Strategic Plan 2023
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- Reportable Diseases
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