Public Health

Ontario County Public Health



Looking for a specific health service in Ontario County? Take a moment to browse our updated 2021 Ontario County Resource Guide.

2021 Ontario County Resource Guide 

Become a Public Health Fellow!

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Ontario County Public Health COVID-19 Webpage    

 GIS map and graphs for computers

GIS map and graphs for mobile devices

NYSDOH School COVID-19 Guidance

COVID-19 Testing Site Near You!

COVID-19 Vaccine Locations Pamphlet for Ontario County

Ontario County Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics


Ontario County Leaders Urge Vaccines and Use of Face Coverings Indoors for All Residents

Ontario County leadership announced a strong recommendation for all residents to resume wearing masks while in public indoor settings.

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) elevated Ontario County from “moderate” to “substantial” for the rising level of Covid-19 transmissions here. Ontario County Public Health Department records show the county’s Covid-19 positivity rate has increased by 45% over the past seven days with 64 new cases involving adults and youth of all ages.

The CDC has also issued numerous reports about the new delta variant, which is exceedingly more contagious than the original coronavirus. The CDC advises that the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be the best line of defense against the virus.

Please get vaccinated against COVID-19 and ensure that children in your care (over 12) are vaccinated as well. Continue to social distance, wear a mask when indoors and unable to be socially distant, stay home if you are sick and wash your hands frequently. 

Ontario County Press Release 8/3/21

(Update 8/3/21)                        

Vaccine imageCOVID-19 Vaccine

FB Pfizer Booster Month 2-5

Pfizer 1st, 2nd or 3rd/Booster Doses are available!

Walk-ins Welcome!

Need help registering? 

  • Call NY Connects: 1-585-396-4047

During both the October 20th and October 27th clinics noted above, we will also have Johnson and Johnson (1st dose) and Moderna vaccines (1st or 2nd doses) available with no registration required. 

October 23 Mount Olive Clinic

October 23 Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Dose Clinic
Location: Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 70 Clark Street, Geneva, 

Who May Attend A Booster Dose Clinic: 

This is confusing and may be subject to change based on NYSDOH. 

Visit NYSDOH website for an updated Booster Dose eligibility list: 

Ontario County Public Health as all three COVID-19 vaccine products (Jaansen, Pfizer and Moderna) available. For an appointment, give us a call at 585-396-4343!

(Updated 6/15/2021) 

FDA Approved Pfizer Clinics

On August 23, 2021 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals. 

FDA Website: Pfizer Approval

Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Hub 

The Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Hub is a new website that provides local COVID-19 vaccine safety information and data. 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 


Check the following pharmacy websites for vaccination appointments. 

COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids Ages 5-11

Can kids ages 5-11 get a COVID-19 vaccine now? Not yet. There are still a few more steps in the approval that must be completed before local health departments can vaccinate kids 5-11 against COVID-19.

5-11 COVID vaccine FDA and Advisory Committee

Third Dose of Pfizer Vaccine

3rd Dose Vaccine Info

COVID-19 Daily Update 

Data and GIS maps will be updated Monday-Friday (non-holidays) 

October 20, 2021: 9,380 Ontario County residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.  A total of 37 COVID-19 community cases were reported today. 9 kids under 18 were reported today. 23 recoveries were reported today. Unfortunately, a death was reported from our community today. Our condolences to their friends and family. 

For more details and frequently asked questions about COVID in school-aged children, go to: and look for the Update from Ontario County Public Health 9/24/21.

For COVID-19 information for Ontario County schools:

 GIS map and graphs for computers

GIS map and graphs for mobile devices

October 20 COVID 19 UPdate

Mask UP!

For the CDC's  risk category for transmission visit:

October 18 7 day update

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)