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Weather Favorable for Aerial Mosquito Spraying of Cicero Swamp

UPDATE: The spraying was completed by 8:00 pm on Friday, September 1, 2023. ******* ONONDAGA COUNTY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2023 –  The weather forecast is favorable for aerial mosquito spraying planned for this evening of the Cicero Swamp and immediate surrounding areas. The spraying will take place after 6:30pm today, Friday, September 1. The spraying is… Read more >

Spraying of the Cicero Swamp and Surrounding Areas Scheduled for Thursday, August 31, 2023

UPDATE, 8-31-23: Due to winds being greater than 7mph on Thursday evening, the aerial mosquito spraying of the Cicero Swamp and the immediate surrounding areas has been delayed. The spraying is now planned for Friday, September 1, 2023. **************** ONONDAGA COUNTY, AUGUST 30, 2023 – The forecast is showing favorable weather conditions for aerial mosquito… Read more >

Upcoming $1 cigarette tax hike projected to save 15,300 New Yorkers’ lives

Higher costs deter youth from smoking, but flavored tobacco products continue to attract and addict new smokers Health care providers and the NYS Smokers’ Quitline offer support for quitting  ONONDAGA COUNTY, AUGUST 30, 2023 – Beginning Sept. 1, 2023, New York State’s cigarette tax will be the highest in the nation. The $1 hike is… Read more >

Mosquitoes Found Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus

ONONDAGA COUNTY, AUGUST 16, 2023 – The Onondaga County Health Department was notified by the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Laboratory today that two mosquito pools from a trap located at Taft Road in the town of Cicero tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV). This first positive finding of virus in… Read more >

Syracuse Teens Attend Youth Summit at SUNY Adirondack; Fight Against Menthol-Flavored Tobacco Products That Attract and Addict New Smokers

1 in 5 New York State High School-Age Youth Use Tobacco Products According to New York State Department of Health[i] Local Reality Check youth advocates joined over one-hundred teens this month from around the state at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, New York a four-day youth summit to educate, empower, and equip them to fight back… Read more >

Heat Advisory for Central New York

Onondaga County Health Department Advises Residents to Take Precautions Against Extreme Heat and Humidity ONONDAGA COUNTY, JULY 6, 2023 – A heat advisory for Central New York has been issued from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm today, Thursday, July 6 with expected heat index values of up to 98 degrees. Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr.… Read more >

Oneida Shores Beach Closed for Swimming

ONONDAGA COUNTY, JUNE 27, 2023 – The Onondaga County Health Department announced today that Oneida Shores Beach, located in the town of Cicero, will be closed for swimming due to high levels of bacteria (E.coli) in the water. Swimming will not be allowed until bacteria levels return to acceptable levels. The Health Department will be… Read more >

Air Quality Index Due to Quebec Wildfires Now at Hazardous Level in Onondaga County; Onondaga County Health Department Urges Public to Stay Safe 

ONONDAGA COUNTY, JUNE 7, 2023 – The Onondaga County Health Department is closely monitoring the hazardous air quality conditions resulting from the wildfires in Quebec. The wildfires have caused a significant deterioration in air quality, affecting a large geographical area in the US, including Onondaga County.   Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Kathryn Anderson explained, “the… Read more >

Onondaga County Health Department Urges Residents to Take Precautions in Response to Air Quality Alert Caused by Quebec Wildfires

UPDATE, JUNE 6, 2023, 5:40PM: The current Air Quality Index is now at a “Very Unhealthy” level. These levels are dynamic and may change as the day progresses. Stay informed at and National Weather Service. ************** ONONDAGA COUNTY, JUNE 6, 2023 – The Onondaga County Health Department is issuing an important alert to all… Read more >