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Join the Great American Smokeout to Quit Smoking and Support Tobacco-Free Outdoor Air Policies

Each year, on the third Thursday of November, the American Cancer Society encourages individuals to join the Great American Smokeout (GASO). GASO is a day for individuals to make a pledge and a plan to quit smoking and for family members and friends to support their loved ones in their quitting journey. If you or… Read more >

Potential Exposure to Hepatitis A Virus in a Local Restaurant

The Onondaga County Health Department (OCHD) has confirmed a new case of hepatitis A virus infection in a local restaurant worker. OCHD was notified on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 that a food handler who works at Camillus Hills Golf Course, also known as the Camillus Country Club (5690 Bennetts Corners Rd, Camillus, NY 13031) was… Read more >

The Onondaga County Health Department Wants You to Know About PrEP

Did you know that October 20 – October 26, 2019 is PrEP Aware Week? PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is the use of daily medicine that can reduce your chance of getting HIV. PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout the body. The Onondaga County Health Department is raising awareness about PrEP, which… Read more >

Don’t Forget Your Flu Vaccine!

This fall, remember to get your flu vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive an annual flu vaccine. Everyone should be vaccinated yearly because immunity to flu viruses declines over time and circulating flu strains often change from year to year. Onondaga County Health Commissioner,… Read more >

Boil Water Order LIFTED for Town of DeWitt

The Onondaga County Health Department has lifted the Boil Water Order for the residents served by the Town of DeWitt Water Department. The Boil Water Order was issued on Friday, October 4 when test results from routine sampling confirmed the presence of coliform bacteria. The Town of DeWitt Water Department spent the weekend flushing the… Read more >

Boil Water Order for Some Residents of the Town of DeWitt Water Department

The Onondaga County Health Department is issuing a Boil Water Order to some residents and businesses that are served by the Town of Dewitt Water Department. The affected area is outlined on this map. Test results from routine sampling that were received today confirmed the presence of coliform bacteria. The Town of Dewitt will continue… Read more >

Changes to 2019 Rabies Clinic Schedule

The Onondaga County Health Department is announcing changes to the two remaining clinics in the 2019 Rabies Clinic Schedule. The clinics scheduled on October 5 and December 7, 2019 have been rescheduled to the following dates and locations: Thursday, October 24, 2019 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm St. Lucy’s Church 432 Gifford St, Syracuse NY… Read more >

FREE Mammograms Are Available

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Breast cancer is the most common cancer among United States women, no matter your race or ethnicity. Many things affect a person’s chance of getting breast cancer, these are called risk factors. Some risk factors cannot be controlled and include being a woman, getting older, having dense breasts,… Read more >

First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Onondaga County for 2019

Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta announced today that the first case of human West Nile virus infection for 2019 was reported in an adult residing in the town of Salina. The patient is still hospitalized and in stable condition. West Nile virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito and is… Read more >

Public Urged to Stop the Use of E-Cigarettes

Due to the recent increase in vaping-associated illness, the Onondaga County Health Commissioner has joined the Governor and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) in encouraging residents to stop using e-cigarettes.  Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta states, “I am urging residents of Onondaga County to stop using all vape products until the investigation… Read more >