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

Allegany County COVID-19 – All Press Releases and Updates related to the COVID-19 will now be located on a page dedicated to this issue.

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2020-2021 School Year New York State Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance page one

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8/4/2020News Release: Septic System Replacement Program

We still have money available for 50% reimbursement for eligible septic system replacements. Properties located on Canacadea Creek in the Alfred or Almond area are in a priority geographic area where there is a critical need to reduce the impact of sewage on groundwater and surface water. If you own property in this area, you may be eligible for a grant to assist with the cost of replacing a cesspool or repairing, replacing, or upgrading your septic system!

The Program provides grants to cover up to 50% of the eligible costs of eligible septic system projects, up to $10,000 per project.

For an application, please choose one of the following:

The application must contain sufficient information about the condition of your septic system and the scope and cost of the proposed repair or replacement, to enable the County to determine whether your project qualifies for a grant, and assess how much you’re eligible for. Please read the application carefully and be sure to provide all the requested information. Failing to do so could result in a delay or denial of funding from this program.

Funds for the Program are limited, and the County can provide grants only to those septic system projects that will significantly and quantifiably reduce environmental and/or public health impacts from cesspools or septic systems. If your project is selected for a grant, the County will notify you of your award and how much you can expect to be reimbursed for your project. The County will also notify you if your project does not qualify for a grant.

If you receive an award letter, you must confirm acceptance of the award and the terms and conditions by signing and returning the letter to the County. Once you sign and return the award letter, you may hire a design professional and a contractor for your septic system project. After you have completed your project, you will be reimbursed up to your grant award, for eligible, documented costs incurred to complete your project.

The County encourages you to apply to this Program. This is a unique opportunity for cooperation between the state, local government, and property owners, to address a pressing environmental and public health issue in our community, and we hope you will take advantage of it.

For more information about the program, visit the county’s web site at,

or the Environmental Facilities Corporation’s website at


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3 States Added to Travel Advisory for COVID-19 for a total of 34 plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico

 As COVID-19 transmission has reached a very low level in New York, vigilance must be maintained to ensure that New York does not see a surge from states with increasing community transmission of COVID-19. Based upon Governor Cuomo’s update today, July 28, 2020, three states (Illinois, Kentucky & Minnesota), plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico have been added to the current 34. The following states still meet the criteria for required quarantine:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

This is based upon a seven-day rolling average, of positive tests in excess of 10%, or number of positive cases exceeding 10 per 100,000 residents. If you have traveled from within one of the designated states with significant community spread as defined by the metrics above, you must quarantine when you enter New York for 14 days from the last travel within such designated state. The requirements of the travel advisory do not apply to any individual passing through designated states for a limited duration (i.e., less than 24 hours) through the course of travel. Examples of such brief passage include but are not limited to: stopping at rest stops for vehicles, buses, and/or trains; or lay-overs for air travel, bus travel, or train travel. Airports being monitored for travelers from these 34 states include: Rochester, Niagara Falls, Elmira, Ogdensburg, Plattsburgh, JFK, LaGuardia, Albany, Hancock (Syracuse), Stewart (Newburgh) and Buffalo-Niagara and MacArthur (Islip).

The travel advisory requires all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out of state, to take personal responsibility for complying with the advisory in the best interest of public health and safety by calling the Allegany County Department of Health at (585)268-9250 to receive quarantine guidance and paperwork. To file a report of an individual failing to adhere to the quarantine pursuant to the travel advisory, please call 1-833-789-0470 or visit this website: Individuals may also contact the Allegany County Department of Health.

Please call the Allegany County Department of Health at (585)268-9250 to determine essential worker guidelines, or with any other questions you may have, or go to .


The Allegany County Department of Health would like to remind Allegany County residents to check the Food and Drug Administration’s regularly updated list for recalled hand sanitizers before buying an unknown brand.

The Food and Drug Administration has added to the list of hand sanitizers — some sold at Walmart and other national chains — being recalled to more than 75 recently, saying toxic levels of wood alcohol in them can cause injury or death.

The FDA said that there has been an increase in hand sanitizers that are labeled to contain ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, but have tested positive for methanol, or wood alcohol. If methanol is absorbed through the skin, it can cause blindness and hospitalizations, or death if ingested. The demand for hand sanitizer has surged and questionable new brands have made their way to store shelves across the United States, most imported from Mexico. The FDA has seen an increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. There have been reports of adverse events from adults and children ingesting hand sanitizers products contaminated with methanol, including blindness, hospitalizations and death. Be aware of the concerns the FDA has with hand sanitizers:

  • FDA urges consumers not to drink any hand sanitizer products.
  • Certain hand sanitizers that may not contain a sufficient amount of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol.
  • Hand sanitizers that are sold or offered for sale with false and misleading, unproven claims that they can prevent the spread of viruses such as COVID-19, including claims that they can provide prolonged protection (e.g., for up to 24-hours).
  • Products that are fraudulently marketed as “FDA-approved” since there are no hand sanitizers approved by FDA.
  • Products packaged to appear as drinks, candy or liquor bottles, as well as products marketed as drinks or cocktails because their appearance could result in accidental ingestion or encourage ingestion. Children are particularly at risk with these products since ingesting only a small amount of hand sanitizer may be lethal in a young child.
  • Products labeled with harmful or poisonous ingredients, such as methanol. you question the hand sanitizer products, you have purchased or that you see in stores for sale, check the FDA list to make sure before you continue to use or purchase a product. If you have a product from the list stop using it and dispose of it according to your local regulations for disposal.
  • If you have used a product with methanol seek immediate medical treatment for potential reversal of methanol poisoning.
  • If you have questions for the Food and Drug Administration should call 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332).
  • For questions about any type of poisoning call the New York Regional Poison Control Center call 1-800-222-1222.

Additional information from Allegany County, Towns and Villages, Schools and Colleges and information for Businesses and Individuals are available on these pages:



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  • 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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