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Allegany County

Department of Health

County Office Building
7 Court Street
Belmont, New York 14813-1076

Mission Statement

The mission of the Allegany County Department of Health (ACDOH) is to educate, motivate, and empower Allegany County residents to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles.

Since the addition of the environmental health division in 1975, the Department of Health is the centralized resource for all Allegany County residents to better their health and well being.

Phone: 585-268-9250
Fax: 585-268-9264

News Release: Testing Children for lead at age 1 and again at age 2

 The Allegany County Department of Health’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is working with the New York State Department of Health to educate parents, guardians, and providers about the importance of preventing lead poisoning. New York State requires health care providers to test all children for lead with a blood lead test at age one and again at two. A child with lead poisoning may not look or feel sick and the only way to know is to get a blood lead test.

 Lead poisoning is a danger to every child and baby, but it is also the most preventable environmental disease in children. Lead is a metal and can come from various things in the environment. Everyone is at risk for lead poisoning, but children under six years old are especially susceptible to the dangers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly half a million children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels that may cause significant damage to their health. The health impacts of lead poisoning include damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, learning and behavior difficulties and hearing and speech problems.

 There are many sources of lead, but most often, children under six years old get lead poisoning from breathing in or swallowing dust from old lead paint that gets on floors and windowsills, hands and toys. Children can also be exposed to lead from additional sources including contaminated drinking water, soil, toys made in other countries, jewelry found in discount stores and vending machines, take-home exposures from a workplace, and some traditional medicines and ointments. Spices used for cooking have also been recalled due to high levels of lead.

How to Reduce Lead Exposure:

  • Clean-up:

 

    • Keep children away from peeling or chipping paint.
    • Wet dust or wet mop lead dust, especially around windows, play areas, and floors.
    • Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
    • Keep things away from children’s mouths.
    • Always wash children’s hands before eating and sleeping.
    • Wash toys and pacifiers frequently.
  • Healthy foods: Feed your child healthy foods with calcium, iron, and vitamin C. These foods may help keep lead out of the body.

 

    • Calcium is in milk, yogurt, cheese, and green leafy vegetables like spinach.
    • Iron is in lean red meats, beans, peanut butter, and cereals.
    • Vitamin C is in oranges, green and red peppers, and juice.
  • Find the lead in your home: Most children get lead poisoning from lead paint dust.

 

    • Home repairs like sanding or scraping paint can make dangerous lead dust. Homes built before 1978 contain lead-based paint, often under newer paint. Based on the age of the home, assume you have lead based paint. Learn more about how to do repairs and renovations in a lead-safe way at https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/lead/renovation_repair_painting/.
  • Water: Certain water pipes may contain lead. Lead found in tap water usually comes from the corrosion of older fixtures or from the solder that connects pipes. When water sits in leaded pipes for several hours, lead can leach into the water supply.

 

      • Let tap water run for 1 minute before using to clear lead from old plumbing.
      • Only use cold water for drinking, cooking, and preparing infant formula. Boiling this water will NOT reduce the amount of lead in your water.
      • The only way to know if your water contains lead is to have it tested.
  • Others:

 

    • Use lead free dishes, pots and pans. (avoid eating or drinking from dishes that are hand painted, made in another country, or leaded glass, crystal, or pewter).
    • Avoid using herbs, spices, candies or foods that could be contaminated with lead.
    • Use proper care cleaning up after jobs and hobbies that involve working with lead-based products like glass work, painters, and contractors. Lead dust can be transported on clothing and tools.
    • Other sources of lead include firearm bullets, vinyl mini blinds from other countries, batteries, radiators, car exhaust, fishing sinkers, and some colors of ink.

Talk to your child’s health care provider about testing for lead at age 1 and again at age 2.

For more information on lead testing and prevention, 

call the Allegany County Department of Health at 585.268.9250

or visit https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/lead/.


Click on one of the links below to watch a Public Service Announcement on Novel Coronavirus

Novel Coronavirus-A message from New York State’s Health Commissioner (youtube.com)

Novel Coronavirus- What New Yorkers Should Know (youtube.com)

 

No Suspected Cases of Coronavirus in Allegany County

 Friday, February 7, 2020  As you are probably aware, the novel Coronavirus situation is being closely monitored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and locally by the Allegany County Department of Health (ACDOH). Currently, New York State has no confirmed cases of coronavirus and Allegany County has no suspected cases. Therefore, the risk to Allegany County residents remains minimal. Per the CDC and NYSDOH guidance, ACDOH will monitor travel related activity of any individual(s) who may have traveled from mainland China or the affected areas on or after February 3, 2020. This guidance also includes, any individual(s) with travel from the People’s Republic of China, and who show no signs or symptoms of disease, out of an abundance of caution, will self-monitor with ACDOH oversight, and separate themselves from the public for 14 days. To protect privacy and follow HIPAA guidelines, the ACDOH will not comment on rumors of suspected cases or on suspected cases that may be under evaluation.

The ACDOH has been working diligently with our various County partners to ensure the County is prepared and ready for any virus to protect the health of every County resident. The ACDOH reminds residents that the common cold and flu viruses are still prevalent, so handwashing, social distancing and staying home when ill are appropriate measures for everyone to take. The NYSDOH has developed a Coronavirus hotline (1-888-364-3065) where the public may reach out with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms. Of course, if any Allegany County resident has questions or concerns regarding Coronavirus or travel related questions, please feel free to contact our office directly at 585-268-9250. To follow the most current information on Coronavirus, please visit either the CDC or NYSDOH webpages at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/index.html & https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/


Click here to see the list of pharmacies offering vaccines in 2020


Monday, January 27, 2020. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated travel guidance for China, recommending that travelers avoid all non-essential travel to all of the country (Level 3 Travel Health Notice).

Recently, a new coronavirus – 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus – was detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China that has not been previously found in humans. This coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath. There are hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside of Wuhan and additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States. There are ongoing investigations to learn more about this virus. No one has been diagnosed with this new coronavirus in New York State. As of January 27, 2020, 5 infections of 2019-nCoV have been reported in the U.S. in four states – Arizona, California, Illinois, and Washington.

The Allegany County Department of Health would like to remind county residents that while the immediate risk of this new virus to Allegany County residents is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:

  • It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and the CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
    • To reduce your risk of infection:
      • Flu vaccinations are still available at the Allegany County Department of Health, physician offices and many pharmacies.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      • If you or your child has a respiratory illness or the flu, avoid contact with other people, stay home or keep the sick child home.
  • If you are a healthcare provider, be on the look-out for people with travel history to Hubei province China and fever and respiratory symptoms.
  • If you are a healthcare provider caring for a 2019-nCoV patient, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
  • Human coronaviruses commonly cause mild-to-moderate illness in people. Symptoms can include:
      • Cough
      • Sore throat
      • Fever
  • If you recently traveled to Wuhan, China and feel sick with fever, cough or trouble breathing, or you develop symptoms, you should:
      • Seek medical care right away. Call ahead and tell them about your travel and symptoms.
      • Avoid contact with others. Stay home, except for seeking medical care.
      • Avoid further travel until the illness resolves.
      • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
      • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • For people who may have had close contact with someone who has confirmed 2019 nCoV, please follow the same guidance and mention your contact to your healthcare provider.
  • For more information, please visit the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Page at htpps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or call us at 585-268-9250, press option #4.

Remember it’s not too late to get a flu shot! The Allegany County Department of Health still has flu vaccine available.  The Allegany County Department of Health will offer the flu shot at immunization clinics and clinics are only available at the county office building clinic in Belmont (on the ground floor).

    • Call 585-268-9250 and make an appointment for an immunization clinic.
    • Please wear short sleeves.
    • Please bring insurance cards with you. It is the responsibility of the insured to make sure the Allegany County Department of Health is within the insurance’s network and will cover the cost of the vaccine and administration fee.
    • If insurance is not accepted, payment for the vaccine and administration fee will be billed to the patient.
  • If you are paying cash:
    • High dose flu for ages 65 and over is $82
    • Regular flu is $48
    • Pediatric flu for ages 6 months to 36 months is $50
  • Vaccines are NOT FREE,

Please contact the Allegany County Department of Health with any questions at 585-268-9250.

                                      

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Resources

  • Free Lead Testing Pilot Program
  • Drinking Water Testing Labs
    Compiled by the Allegany County Department of Health
    The lists below are laboratories that provide information, sampling instructions and containers, and analyses for private or public water supplies in our area.  All analyses needed to comply with any regulation (Subpart 67-4 Lead Testing in School Drinking Water) must be performed by a laboratory certified by the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center under the Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP).
  • Zika Virus testing and hotline
  • Zika Virus Fact Sheet
  • Zika Travel Poster Prototype-Pregnant Women
  • For Zika Virus Testing Call 585.268.9250
    The Allegany County Department of Health will bill Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Independent Health, Univera, United Health (Empire Plan), Fidelis, and Magna Care (Aetna, etc). Other insurances will be billed and they may or may not pay for your services.  If your insurance does not pay for your ACDOH services “you” the client are liable to pay for these services. The Allegany County Department of Health has a sliding scale for payment of services for clients who are uninsured/underinsured. *The Allegany County Department of Health’s health care professionals are not affiliated with any hospital.
  • Allegany County Food Service Inspections
    All temporary food service operations that do not secure a permit to operate at least 10 days prior to the start of the event will be charged an additional $25.00 late fee.
    If a permit is issued on-site due to not properly submitting paperwork at least 10 days prior to the start of the event, a $25.00 late fee will be charged.
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  • www.health.data.ny.gov