New toll-free number for Ebola information
New York State has launched a new State information line to answer questions on Ebola. The number is 1-800-861-2280. The service is free, and trained staff will be answering the public's questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Note: the line is for public health information purposes only, not for people who need health care attention.
In Tompkins County, a coalition of healthcare, academic and first responders is actively developing strategies to respond in the event of a confirmed case of Ebola in Tompkins County.
To date, no cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Tompkins County or the State of New York.
This coalition has been engaged in collaborative planning since August and includes the Tompkins County Health Department, Cayuga Medical Center, local health care providers, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response, and first responders. FULL STATEMENT»
The Peace of Mind (POM) Community Partnership renewed its campaign to promote sexual health and to prevent sexually transmitted disease (STD) as a result of the increase in syphilis cases this past spring in the Central New York (CNY) region including Tompkins County.
Members of the partnership include the Tompkins County Health Department, Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, Gannett Health Services at Cornell University, Hammond Health Center at Ithaca College, Southern Tier AIDS Program, and health services at TC3. Full Press Release » POM Website
Tobacco Free Tompkins is teaming up with new partners in its ongoing effort to denormalize tobacco use and curb youth exposure to tobacco. In a new round of state funding that began July 1, 2014, the youth action program Reality Check (RC) will be returning to the county after a five year absence. Tobacco Free Tompkins is Tompkins County’s community-focused tobacco control program. Full Release »
The Tompkins County Health Department urges residents to avoid the risk of rabies and rabies treatment by capturing and submitting for laboratory testing any bat found in their home that may have come in contact with humans or pets. There have been two confirmed rabid bats in Tompkins County in 2014. Full Release & Links »
The Legislature joined the Tompkins County Board of Health in expressing support for ending the sale of tobacco products in all pharmacies and stores that contain a pharmacy department. News Item » Resolution text (BOH) and references »
Tompkins County Health Department is reporting an increase in early syphilis cases since the beginning of 2014 in the Central New York (CNY) fourteen county region which includes Tompkins County. In the first four months of 2014 there have been approximately 30 cases in CNY, five of them in Tompkins County. Full release »
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin on Wednesday released health rankings for most counties in the U.S., and Tompkins County was ranked the second healthiest county in New York State. Full press release »
The CHA is a profile of the current health of Tompkins County residents. The CHIP identifies two priorities for community focus based on community input and data analysis. Go to: Press Release | CHA & CHIP.
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