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Ontario County Public Health




May 15 2022 COVID UPdate

Looking for a specific health services in Ontario County? Browse our 2022 Ontario Resource Guide. 

COVID Vaccine Clinic 6/16/22

Additional Booster Dose COVID Vaccine Clinic

June 16, 2022; 4:00 pm-6:30 pm.  

Ontario County Highway Office, 2930 County Road 48, Canandaigua, NY 14424
Map & Driving Directions


Chrome Registration Link:

Trouble registering? Call 585-396-4047


A detailed description of eligible groups can be found on the registration site.

You must be at least 4 months from your most recent booster. 

Bring your vaccination card with you to the clinic.



Updated Isolation and Quarantine, April 29, 2022

Positive for COVID-19

You will NOT receive a call from a case investigator or contact tracer. 

  • Residents may continue to report positive home tests, but the health department will NOT be interviewing these individuals.
  • If you are COVID-19 positive and isolation orders are needed, visit the NYDOH COVID website. 
  • For positive COVID-19 cases, isolations will continue to be 5-days with an additional 5-days of masking. More information for COVID-19 cases: 
    • NYSDOH Isolation and Quarantine Instructions 
    • If you are too ill to return to school or work after 5-days call your healthcare provider for advice and paperwork. You will not be contacted by public health to determine if your isolation should be extended. You will not receive release orders from the health department.

Contact of a COVID-19 Positive Person

If you are an UNVACCINATED CONTACT and quarantine orders are needed, visit the NYDOH COVID website.

Other helpful sites:

Masking Update

Ontario County Public Health COVID-19 Prevention

In Ontario County, New York, community level is High.

  • Wear a mask indoors in public
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness

Protect your family. CDC: Click here to learn more

  • Please wear a mask: Immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease
    • Talk to your healthcare provider about masks
    • Have a plan for rapid testing if needed 
    • Talk to your healthcare provider about treatments
  • If you have household or social contact with someone at high risk for severe disease
    •  Consider self-testing to detect infection before contact
    •  Consider wearing a mask when indoors when with them
    • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.
  • Maintain improved ventilation indoors
  • Follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19

** At all levels, people can wear a mask based on personal preference, informed by personal level of risk.**

Source: CDC Community COVID-19 Levels

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Ontario County Public Health Awarded National Accreditation Through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)!

Ontario County Public Health is proud to announce that it has been awarded a national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). 

The five year process for applying for PHAB accreditation has improved both our program effectiveness and the quality our essential services. We didn't do it alone. The application for accreditation was submitted with several other county health departments (Steuben, Seneca, Schuyler, Wayne and Yates) making this the very first regional accreditation in the United States! 

The national accreditation program sets standards against which the nation’s governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance. More than 80 percent of the U.S. population now reaps the benefit of being served by a health department that has undergone PHAB’s rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets a set of quality standards and measures.

Public Health Accreditation Board

(Updated 9/10/2020)

COVID Mentla Health

Learn the Right Way to Wash Your Hands

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Next Naloxone Program

Next Naloxone is a new program aimed at improving  access to Narcan for people living in rural communities

Next Naloxone is for anyone that can not access Narcan (due to cost, transportation or other reasons) through pharmacies, syringe exchange programs or other means. Follow the link to receive local resources and the lifesaving drug Narcan via the mail.
To learn more visit: Next Distro

(Updated 9/2/2020) 


2-1-1 Lifeline

Resources in the Finger Lakes

Need to be connected with a service in the Finger Lakes Region and not sure who to call? Simply dial 2-1-1 for local resources. 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

2-1-1 Life Line

(Updated 8/9/2018)

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Water Testing

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is offering assistance with lead testing of water, for as long as funds are available.


Common Questions

How does lead get into the water we drink? 
Inmost cases, lead in drinking water does not come from the source itself but from a plumbing system such as water fixtures, pipes and solder. Water in the plumbing system can dissolve lead from fixtures, pipes and solder. This is called leaching. Soft, corrosive or acidic (low pH) water is more likely to cause leaching. Water left standing in plumbing systems over a long period of time also increases leaching. The longer the water stands in the pipes, the greater the possibility of lead being dissolved into the water.

What can I do to reduce the lead level in my drinking water? 

If the lead level is higher than 0.015 mg/l only in your “first-draw-sample”, then the source of lead in your drinking water is likely from the fixture. 

You should:

  1. Run your water to flush out lead. Run water for at least 30 seconds or until water is cold to the touch or reaches a steady temperature before using it for drinking or cooking if it hasn’t been used for several hours. This flushes lead-containing water from the fixture.
  2. Use only cold tap water for cooking, drinking or making a baby's formula. Do not cook with or drink water from the hot water tap; lead dissolves more easily into hot water.  DO NOT USE WATER FROM THE HOT WATER TAP TO MAKE BABY FORMULA.
  3. Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling water will not reduce lead.
  4. Replace your plumbing fixtures if they are found to contain lead. Plumbing materials, including pipes, new brass faucets, fittings, and valves, including those advertised as “lead-free,” may contribute lead to drinking water. The law allows plumbing products (such as pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures) with a weighted average of the lead content of wet surfaces of up to 0.25% lead to be considered “lead free.”

If the lead level is higher than 0.015 mg/l in both first-draw and flush samples, your home may be served by a lead service line and/or plumbing materials in your home may contain lead. Refer to the step 4 above.

Also, consider purchasing bottled water or a water filter. Read the package to be sure the filter is approved to reduce lead or contact NSF International at 800-NSF-8010 for information on performance standards for water filters. Be sure to maintain and replace a filter device in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions to protect water quality. Any measure you take to reduce your exposure to lead should be continued until the lead source(s) has been minimized or eliminated.

Free Lead Testing Pilot Program NYSDOH

Where can I get more information?
New York State Department of Health 
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

Certified Product Listings for Lead Reduction

(Update: 9/2/2020)

Stay Informed About the Former Geneva Foundry Site 

For the latest updates on the former Geneva Foundry site, visit:                 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 
Register for news and updates from the 
Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Remediation 
Do you have specific site related health questions? 
     Anthony Perretta
     Corning Tower, Room 1789
     Albany, New York 12237
     Email NYSDOH-BEFI

(Updated 9/2/2020)