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Public Health Director Reports Case of West Nile Virus

Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director at the Tompkins County Health Department reports the first confirmed case of West Nile Virus (WNV) this year in Tompkins County. The case is an adult resident of Tompkins County.  Full release »

Update:  Health Department Still Seeking Identity of 3 Children Exposed to Rabid Bat

The three children who were playing with a bat that has been confirmed to have rabies still have not been identified. This occurred at Montgomery Park in the Village of Dryden on Monday, June 30 between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

The Tompkins County Health Department received information on the description of the children: a girl about 7 or 8 years old and two younger boys.

 The situation still remains urgent. It is imperative that the Health Department identify the children to evaluate the need for rabies treatment. Untreated rabies in humans is fatal. There is no cost for rabies treatment.

Anyone with information about the identity of these children should call the Health Department immediately at 274-6688 any time day or night.

UPDATE:  Urgent Need to Identify 3 Children Exposed to Rabid Bat

The Tompkins County Health Department must locate 3 children who were playing with a bat that has been confirmed to have rabies. This occurred at Montgomery Park in the Village of Dryden on Monday, June 30 between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

This is an urgent situation. It is imperative that the Health Department identify the children to evaluate the need for rabies treatment. Untreated rabies in humans is fatal. There is no cost for rabies treatment.

Anyone with information about the identity of these children should call the Health Department immediately at 274-6688 any time day or night.

Rabid Bat at Montgomery Park, Elm St in Dryden

It was reported that in the afternoon (1:30 -2:30 pm) on Monday June 30, three young children were seen poking a downed bat with sticks in the tree line at Montgomery Park along Elm Street in the Village of Dryden. If anyone has had contact with a bat at Montgomery Park in Dryden, immediately contact the Tompkins County Health Department, Environmental Health Division at 607-274-6688 to discuss the possibility of exposure to rabies, which is a very serious and deadly disease.

Serve on the Tompkins County Board of Health

The Tompkins County Board of Health (BOH) has an at-large vacancy and invites Tompkins County residents to apply for membership. The BOH is a volunteer board that serves as the governing body for the Health Department. The eight board members each serve six-year terms.  The Board meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Download an application by clicking here.

Legislature supports ending tobacco sales in pharmacies

The Legislature joined the Tompkins County Board of Health in expressing support of ending the sale of tobacco products in all pharmacies and stores that contain a pharmacy department.  The vote was 12-2, with Legislators Dan Klein and Leslyn McBean-Clairborne voting no.  Calling tobacco products “highly addictive” and responsible for the preventable death of thousands of people in the state each year, the resolution approved by the Legislature maintains that sale of such harmful products by pharmacies and providers of health care represents a conflict of interest. News Item »  Resolution text (BOH) and references »

Health Alert: Syphilis Increase in Tompkins County and CNY Region

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 »

Statewide Flu Update

Flu Report w.e. May 24 2014 The New York State Health Department (NYSDOH) report for the week ending May 24 shows that influenza (flu) continues to be widespread the state, though not in Tompkins County for this reporting period.

The TC Health Department continues to offer flu vaccinations for children and adults by appointment, Monday through Friday from 8:30–4:30. Please call (607) 274-6616.

Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking & Health—50th Anniversary: 1964-201450th Anniversary Of Surgeon General’s Report On Smoking & Health: War On Smoking Is Far From Over.
In NYS, tobacco use remains the leading cause of premature death and disease, with the highest smoking rates among the poorest New Yorkers who disproportionately suffer the deadly consequences of tobacco use.

Tompkins Ranked one of Healthiest Communities in NYS

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 »

Community Health Assessment & Health Improvement Plan Released

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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NYSDOH Flu Button Flu vaccinations: Everyone, Every Year!

The Health Department recommends a flu shot for everyone, every year. Vaccinations are available by appointment at the Health Department, 55 Brown Rd., across from the airport. Call (607) 274-6616 during business hours. 

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Pre-teen vaccinesVaccines and Immunizations

Pre-Teens Need Vaccines 2!
TCHD provides vaccines to children without health insurance.
Call (607) 274-6616 for info.


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Marcellus Shale gas drilling:
Read TCBOH resolution and EH-Div comments to NYSDEC regarding the dSGEIS.

 Mission, Vision, Values

The Tompkins County Health Department provides numerous programs and services for Tompkins County residents. Browse this site to discover the full array of services available.

Our Mission:
"To strive to achieve a healthy community by protecting and promoting public health through education, training, advocacy, and the provision of services."

Our Vision:
"Your Partner for a Healthy Community."

Our Values:
"We engage our community with compassion and respect.

"We value diversity, transparency, and fairness.

"We work collaboratively with integrity and competence."

 

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