Category Archives: Press Releases

Jamesville Beach Closed for Swimming Due to Visual Presence of Algal Bloom

The Onondaga County Health Department announced today that Jamesville Beach located in the Town of LaFayette is closed for swimming due to the visual presence of an algal bloom. Water sampling will be conducted to confirm there are no toxins before the beach is reopened. Please note that this does not affect the park’s other… Read more >

Additional Findings of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus in Mosquito Pools, Spraying of Cicero Swamp Planned

Onondaga County Health Commissioner, Dr. Indu Gupta, was notified today of four additional findings of Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEEV) in mosquito pools collected from a trap located on Route 298 in the Cicero Swamp area in the town of Cicero. This is the same location as the previous finding. Dr. Gupta explains that “EEE … Read more >

Annual Elimination of Water Chestnuts in the Seneca River

The Onondaga County Health Department will begin to reduce the number of water chestnuts in the Seneca River in the Baldwinsville and Three Rivers areas beginning Monday, August 10, 2020. Water chestnuts are plants that are rooted in the river bottom. Water chestnuts spread quickly and their seeds can remain dormant for several years making… Read more >

Potential COVID-19 Exposure at Local Business

The Onondaga County Health Department has confirmed that a server at Angry Garlic restaurant, 29 Oswego Street in Baldwinsville, has tested positive for COVID-19. The server worked shifts on Saturday, July 25 from 3:30 to 11:30 pm and Sunday, July 26 from 4:00 to 9:00 pm. The server was wearing a mask. Health Department investigators… Read more >

Mosquitoes Found Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus

Onondaga County Health Commissioner, Dr. Indu Gupta, was notified by the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Laboratory today that mosquitoes from a trap located on Route 298 in the Cicero Swamp area in the town of Cicero have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEEV). Dr. Gupta explains that “EEEV is one… Read more >

Potential COVID-19 Exposure at Local Business

The Onondaga County Health Department has confirmed that two customers of Tommy’s Park, 901 Butternut Street, Syracuse have tested positive for COVID-19. The two individuals were in the establishment on Friday, July 10 from 11:00 pm to close (approximately 12:00 midnight) and were not wearing masks. The server was wearing a mask and the establishment… Read more >

Heat Advisory for Onondaga County

Onondaga County Health Commissioner, Dr. Indu Gupta, is advising that individuals take precautions against the extreme heat and humidity that is expected in Onondaga County today and into this week. A heat advisory has been issued beginning today at 1:00 pm, and heat index values later in the week have the potential to be in… Read more >

COVID-19 Potential Exposure at Mass Gathering

The Onondaga County Health Department has confirmed that two individuals who attended the “Rye Day” party held on June 20, 2020 have tested positive for COVID-19. Hundreds of people gathered for the party that took place from 4:00 to 9:00 pm on Saturday, June 20 in the Near Westside neighborhood at Performance Park near Wyoming… Read more >

New York State ends the use of tobacco coupons, multi-pack discounts as of July 1, 2020

Another big step forward for New Yorkers’ health Beginning July 1, discounts on the sale of all tobacco products, such as coupons and multi-pack price promotions, are prohibited in New York State. The law was passed as part of the state’s fiscal year 2021 budget. Research shows that higher tobacco prices are linked to lower… Read more >