Category Archives: Public Health

blue green algae surrounding a boat in the water

Blue-Green Algae

Blue-green algae, technically known as cyanobacteria, are microscopic organisms that are naturally present in lakes and streams. They usually are present in low numbers. Blue-green algae can become very abundant in warm, shallow, undisturbed surface water that receives a lot of sunlight. When this occurs, they can form blooms that discolor the water or produce floating rafts or scums on the surface of the water.

Learn more from the NYS Dept of Health

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING

Seneca County – Be prepared for this weekend’s heat wave!! If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, visit a friend or a public place that does, such as a community center, store, mall, library, etc. Be sure to drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun, and avoid physical activity if possible. Those with lung conditions, the elderly, children and pets are most vulnerable to the heat and humidity so please look out for your fellow community members (humans and pets) this weekend!

Seneca County Health Department and Common Ground Health Launch Survey to Collect Local Health Data

Your personal health story can help improve lives.

That’s the message that the Seneca County Health Department and Common Ground Health are sharing with residents.  The online survey is now available thru July in both English and Spanish.  To complete a survey go to MyHealthStory2018.com or to MiHistoriadeSalud2018.com.  

For more information about the survey contact the Seneca County Health Department at (315) 539-1920.

May 4, 2018 Seneca County Health Department Conference: A Focus on Children’s Health

The Seneca County Health Department will be holding its annual Public Health Conference on May 4, 2018 at the new Health and Senior Services Building Seneca County Auditorium located at 2465 Bonadent Drive in Waterloo, NY. Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8:30.  The conference will end at 3:15 pm.  Speakers will address several topics related to Children’s Health including; Concussion in Children, an Immunization Update provided by the NYSDOH, a demonstration and presentation on adolescent drug use: In Plain Sight. Other topics to be presented this day  include Smart Lunchrooms and increasing children’s access to healthy foods and increasing physical activity through the CATCH Program and CATCH Kids Club and a review of case studies from childhood lead exposures resulting in lead poisoning in children.  The cost to attend the conference  is $25.00 and includes breakfast and lunch. Register by May 1.  Fees may be paid at the door, cash or check only.  For more information contact AJ VanCuren at (315) 539-1928 avancuren @co.seneca.ny.us or Kerry VanAuken at (315) 539-1949 kvanauken@co.seneca.ny.us.

Do you like to dine out?

Food Service Establishment Map - Last InspectionLike to Dine Out?

Get the latest food inspection results for restaurants, school cafeterias, snack bars, and other food establishments in your area at https://health.data.ny.gov/Health/Food-Service-Establishment-Last Inspection/cnih-y5dw .

All restaurant inspections along with other inspection reports can be found on our Environmental Health Page.

Go to departments and click on Environmental Health to view all local inspection results.

Drinking and Drugging Can Put a Chill on Summer Fun

up to 70% of water recreation deaths of teens and adults involves the use of alcoholThe Seneca County Substance Abuse Coalition cautions young people don’t let the consequences of underage drinking or other drug use ruin your summer. Talk with your children about the dangers of using alcohol and other drugs. For more information on how to keep kids safe and substance free this summer call the Seneca County Substance Abuse Coalition at (315) 539-1135 and please like and share our page Seneca4Real on Facebook.

High risk Message Summer