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First COVID-19 Death in Onondaga County

The Onondaga County Health Department has received notification of a confirmed COVID-19 death, the first in Onondaga County. “I am deeply saddened for the family of this individual who are experiencing this loss. This sad news proves how important it is to take measures to protect ourselves, our families, and our community,” said Dr. Indu… Read more >

Potential Exposure of COVID-19 at Bethany Baptist Church

An individual who attended Bethany Baptist Church located at 149 Beattie Street, Syracuse on Sunday, March 15, 2020 has tested positive for COVID-19. Members of the public who were in the church building that day may have been exposed. UPDATE: This individual attended the 11:00 am service on March 15. Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr.… Read more >

Potential Exposure of COVID-19 in Local Food Market

Onondaga County Health Department is investigating a confirmed case of COVID-19 in an employee of Ascioti’s Market located at 3249 Milton Avenue in Solvay. Members of the public who visited the market on Tuesday, March 17 during the hours of 12:30-4:00 pm may have been exposed. Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta explained that,… Read more >

Potential Exposure of COVID-19 in Local Vision Care Center

Onondaga County Health Department is investigating a confirmed case of COVID-19 in an employee of America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses located at 3401 Erie Blvd East, DeWitt. Members of the public who visited the store during the following days and times may have been exposed: Monday 3/9 8:30 am-5:30 pm Tuesday 3/10 9:30 am-6:30 pm… Read more >

Changes to Onondaga County Health Department Clinics

Onondaga County Health Department will be adjusting the following direct-service programs: The Office of Vital Statistics: Closed to walk-in traffic effective immediately. Birth and death certificates can continue to be ordered by mail, by fax, or online at http://www.ongov.net/vital/index.html. Please call 315.435.3241 with any questions. TB Clinic and the Sexual Health Center (STD Center): Visits… Read more >

Take Care of Yourself by Getting Screened for Colorectal Cancer

By Kara Verbanic, Public Health Educator, Cancer Services Program March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Did you know that about 1 in 3 adults between the ages of 50 and 75 years old are not getting tested for colorectal cancer? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer is the third leading… Read more >

Reality Check Program Hosts Free Smoke-Free Movie Events

As part of International Week of Action for Smoke-Free Movies, the Reality Check program serving Onondaga, Cayuga, and Oswego counties is hosting two free smoke-free movie events. Reality Check is a statewide youth program empowering youth to stand up against the tobacco and e-cigarette industry. The Reality Check and Tobacco-Free CNY program work to engage … Read more >

Onondaga County Health Department Releases 2019-2021 Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan

The Onondaga County Health Department is pleased to announce the publication of the 2019-2021 Onondaga County Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan. The Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan provides an overview of demographic and health indicator data for Onondaga County residents, as well as current health challenges, determinants of health, and existing community assets… Read more >

HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention

By Andrea Flood, MPH, Public Health Educator January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month. The CDC and the National Cervical Cancer Coalition promote the protection against cervical cancer through vaccination and regular screening. Each year, approximately 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer. More than 9 of every 10 cervical cancer… Read more >