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Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) We promote and protect the health, safety & well-being of Erie County (NY) residents. Local public health department in Erie County, NY.

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March is Save Your Vision Month! Did you know certain vaccines help protect your vision? Shingles is a painful rash that...
03/27/2023

March is Save Your Vision Month! Did you know certain vaccines help protect your vision? Shingles is a painful rash that can affect the eyes and cause vision loss. CDC recommends all adults 50 years and older get two doses of the shingles vaccine. Learn more about shingles vaccine recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/shingrix/index.html

Dispose of unused/expired medicines at a local kiosk - find one near you at thepointny.org.
03/26/2023

Dispose of unused/expired medicines at a local kiosk - find one near you at thepointny.org.

We’re set up to train 120 people to do hands-only CPR today at SUNY Erie Community College North today. Thanks to all wh...
03/25/2023

We’re set up to train 120 people to do hands-only CPR today at SUNY Erie Community College North today.
Thanks to all who are joining us for these classes and our instructors!

03/24/2023

Our County Department of Health (ECDOH) confirms through March 14, 91 Erie County residents have died in 2023 from a COVID-19 related illness, 81 of whom were aged 70+ (89%) and 65 who hadn't received the recommended COVID-19 bivalent booster (71%).

Since March 2020, 3,130 residents have died from COVID-19. I offer my deepest condolences to anyone who has lost a family member, loved one, or friend from the virus.

Office of Health Equity Director Kelly Wofford shared her story of duality in grief at today's Community Trauma and Lame...
03/24/2023

Office of Health Equity Director Kelly Wofford shared her story of duality in grief at today's Community Trauma and Lamentations event at The Buffalo History Museum.

She is pictured here with NAACP Buffalo Chapter President Mark Blue and PeacePrints of WNY Executive Director Cindi McEachon.

This event promoted hope, love and healing in the wake of the grief and trauma caused by the May 14, 2022 Jefferson Avenue massacre.

https://buffalohistory.org/event/community-trauma-and-lamentations/

Today is World Tuberculosis (TB) DayECDOH offers testing and treatment services for TB at its TB Clinic at the Jesse Nas...
03/24/2023

Today is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day
ECDOH offers testing and treatment services for TB at its TB Clinic at the Jesse Nash Health Center in Buffalo. Appointments are required. Please call (716) 858-2172 to schedule an appointment.

The county is urging individuals who may be at higher risk of developing tuberculosis (TB) to get tested. Those with weakened immune systems, such as individuals living with HIV, malnutrition, or diabetes, are more susceptible to TB. Also, people who live or work in environments with a high prevalence of TB, such as healthcare workers, incarcerated individuals, and individuals experiencing homelessness, are at increased risk. Individuals who have had contact with TB patients or those residing in unhygienic and crowded conditions should consider getting tested. Other factors that may increase the risk of TB include smoking and substance use. Early diagnosis and treatment of TB are essential to prevent its spread and reduce the risk of serious health complications.
https://www3.erie.gov/health/press/erie-county-recognizes-world-tuberculosis-day-and-highlights-progress-tb-prevention-and

Graphic via CDC

Photos from Upstate New York Poison Center's post
03/24/2023

Photos from Upstate New York Poison Center's post

release: Erie County Department of Health eliminates waiver process for property transfers; no-cost variance process wil...
03/24/2023
Erie County Department of Health eliminates waiver process for property transfers | Health

release: Erie County Department of Health eliminates waiver process for property transfers; no-cost variance process will replace $1,000 bond requirement for properties with on-site wastewater treatment (septic) systems

The Erie County Department of Health’s (ECDOH) Division of Environmental Health is ending its waiver process for property transfers effective April 1, 2023. This waiver process required a $1,000 returnable bond for some property transfers when sewage disposal (septic system) and water supply (private well) inspections could not be completed before sale due to weather conditions or other circumstances.

This change was included in a set of Erie County Sanitary Code updates in January 2023 that were approved by the Erie County Board of Health. ECDOH estimates that the previous waiver process affected between 300 and 500 property transfers in Erie County each year.

“We have communicated this change in our process to real estate attorneys and realtors, and now, the general public,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein. “Inspections at the time of purchase are an important check to keep land and groundwater free from harmful bacteria and contaminants from failing water systems. Hopefully this takes some of the stress out of home and property sales, for the seller and purchaser.”

Property transfer applications submitted on or after April 1, 2023, where the sewage disposal system and water supply cannot be inspected prior to closing, must also include the new Variance Application signed by the purchaser.

Questions regarding this new process can be directed to the ECDOH Division of Environmental Health at 716-961-6800. Full details and the required variance application forms are available on the ECDOH web site.

No-cost variance process will replace $1,000 bond requirement for properties with on-site wastewater treatment (septic) systems ERIE COUNTY – The Erie County Department of Health’s (ECDOH) Division of Environmental Health is ending its waiver process for property transfers effective April 1, 202...

Did you know, that based on recent data from CDC: 🍎 1 in 3 children did not eat fruit daily in the past week. 🥦1 in 2 ch...
03/24/2023

Did you know, that based on recent data from CDC:
🍎 1 in 3 children did not eat fruit daily in the past week.
🥦1 in 2 children did not eat vegetables daily in the past week.
🥤 3 in 5 children drank a sugary drink at least once in the past week.

Healthy Children has a great resource on how to get your kids to eat more fruits and veggies.
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/How-to-Get-Your-Child-to-Eat-More-Fruits-and-Veggies.aspx#:~:text=Include%20at%20least%20one%20leafy,tomato%2C%20and%20broccoli%20each%20day.

03/23/2023

It's - make a healthy choice for your pets and protect them against rabies with a vaccine!

Our free rabies vaccine clinics will be announced for later this spring.
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Colorectal cancer screening starts at 45. It could save your life. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps so they ...
03/23/2023

Colorectal cancer screening starts at 45. It could save your life. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatment is most effective.
Talk to your doctor about what screenings are recommended for you based on your age and other risk factors.

No insurance? Call Cancer Services Program of Erie County at 716-858-7376. Don't let that get between you and this important cancer screening.

Healthy people need a healthy planet, and Erie County has made a commitment to address climate change and help create a ...
03/22/2023

Healthy people need a healthy planet, and Erie County has made a commitment to address climate change and help create a more sustainable region.

See the Climate Action Plan https://www3.erie.gov/climateaction/what-ecca

It's Poison Prevention Week - make sure chemicals and medications are stored in their original containers, out of reach ...
03/22/2023

It's Poison Prevention Week - make sure chemicals and medications are stored in their original containers, out of reach and out of sight.

And remember - in a poison emergency, every second counts. Add 1-800-222-1222 to your phone.

https://www.upstate.edu/poison/

03/21/2023

Learn hands-only CPR by borrowing an at home training kit from the Library. Borrow from & return to the same library location. Details: https://tinyurl.com/CPRBECPL.
Thank you to our sponsors: Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, American Heart Association - New York State, Buffalo Bills Lawley.

Help spread the word...

Donate blood.It's easy.ConnectLife & American Red Cross of Western New York need blood donations all the time. You can h...
03/21/2023
ConnectLife | Blood and Organ Donor Network

Donate blood.

It's easy.

ConnectLife & American Red Cross of Western New York need blood donations all the time. You can help!

https://www.connectlife.org

https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html

ConnectLife helps people help others. As Western New York’s only community blood center and federally designated organ, eye, and tissue procurement agency, we help save and enhance lives through blood, organ, tissue, eye, and birth tissue donation.

03/21/2023

Curbside Care today (Tuesday, 3/21) from 11am-3pm on the Pearl Street side of the Rath Building, downtown Buffalo. We'll have free Narcan, health education, COVID-19 vaccine and harm reduction supplies.

Deputy County Executive Lisa Chimera presented a proclamation on behalf of Erie County to the team at Upstate NY Poison ...
03/20/2023

Deputy County Executive Lisa Chimera presented a proclamation on behalf of Erie County to the team at Upstate NY Poison Center to recognize their unwavering commitment to preventing and responding to poison emergencies in a 54-county area of New York State, including Erie County. The proclamation on behalf of Erie County notes the invaluable education and life-saving services that this organization provides.

“Every frantic parent or caregiver who has called the Poison Center number knows that it is lifeline and a source of expert guidance,” said Deputy County Executive Lisa Chimera. “We are so fortunate to have them as a resource for Erie County residents.”

Poison emergencies happen at any time – for children, adults and pets. A priority message for everyone: add the Poison Center number [1-800-222-1222] as a contact in your phones. Upstate New York Poison Center is ready, 24/7, with Certified Specialists in Poison Information trained in toxicology who gather information about the patient and product, and provide direction on what to do next.

https://www.upstate.edu/poison/news/nppw-23-news-release.php

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day  March 20th On this day, we encourage all Native communities to plan events to pr...
03/20/2023

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day March 20th

On this day, we encourage all Native communities to plan events to promote HIV testing and continue education of HIV/AIDS. It is also a day to honor those who are living with or affected by HIV, as well as to honor those who have passed as a result of AIDS-related complications.

En este día, alentamos a todas las comunidades nativas a planificar eventos para promover la prueba del VIH y continuar la educación sobre el VIH/SIDA. También es un día para honrar a quienes viven con o están afectados por el VIH, así como para honrar a quienes han fallecido como resultado de complicaciones relacionadas con el SIDA.

Our Cancer Services Program of Erie County staff are out through the end of March at Tops Friendly Markets locations to ...
03/20/2023

Our Cancer Services Program of Erie County staff are out through the end of March at Tops Friendly Markets locations to get FIT kits for colorectal cancer screenings into the hands of anyone eligible. These are simple, non-invasive tests you can do at home.

AMHERST, NY
3980 Maple Road • 3/25/23 • 10am - 2pm

BUFFALO, NY
425 Niagara Street • 3/24/23 • 4pm - 7pm
1275 Jefferson Avenue • 3/29/23 • 4pm - 7pm

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY
700 Thruway Plaza Drive • 3/31/23 • 4pm - 7pm

DEPEW, NY
5175 Broadway • 3/26/23 • 10am-2pm

DERBY, NY
6914 Erie Road • 3/27/23 • 4pm-7pm

SPRINGVILLE, NY
184 S. Cascade Drive • 3/22/23 • 4pm-7pm

WEST SENECA, NY
355 Orchard Park Road • 3/20/23• 4pm - 7pm

Can't make one of these? Cal 716-858-7376.

https://www3.erie.gov/health/press/interested-quick-and-prepless-cancer-screening-erie-countys-cancer-services-program-teaming

Today marks the start of Poison Prevention Week. Every second counts in a poison emergency. Save 1-800-222-1222 to your ...
03/19/2023

Today marks the start of Poison Prevention Week.
Every second counts in a poison emergency. Save 1-800-222-1222 to your phone. That number connects you to trained, incredibly knowledgeable poison specialists.

It takes guts to put your health first. If you're 45 or older, it's time to start screening for colorectal cancer, even ...
03/18/2023
Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Lives

It takes guts to put your health first. If you're 45 or older, it's time to start screening for colorectal cancer, even if you don’t have symptoms or a family history.

No insurance? No worries - call the Cancer Services Program of Erie County at 716-858-7376 to talk to our experienced outreach team about connecting you with cancer screening.

If you're 45 or older, it's time to start screening for colorectal cancer, even if you don’t have symptoms or a family history.

Did you know that we are offering Mental Health First Aid classes?Contact us to set up a class for your community group,...
03/17/2023

Did you know that we are offering Mental Health First Aid classes?
Contact us to set up a class for your community group, school or college, business or industry group, nonprofit agency, faith organization or block club.

We offer Mental Health First Aid training for people who interact with youth (ages 12-18) and those who interact with adults (age 18+).

Contact [email protected] to schedule or learn more.

www.erie.gov/mhfa

Afectado por la Tormenta de Invierno Elliott (Dic. 23-28)?  SBA le puede auydar.disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/sO en...
03/17/2023

Afectado por la Tormenta de Invierno Elliott (Dic. 23-28)? SBA le puede auydar.

disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s

O en persona en un Centro de Asistencia de Préstamos: NFTA Metro Rail Station - Delavan & Canisius .
Horario: lunes-viernes, 9:30am-6pm y sábado, 10am-2pm - cierra permanentemente el viernes, 24 de marzo a las 4pm.

Llame al 800-659-2955 para asistencia, lunes-viernes, 8am-8pm o correo electrónico [email protected].

Affected by Winter Storm Elliott (Dec. 23-28)? The U.S. Small Business Administration can help with its low-interest fed...
03/17/2023

Affected by Winter Storm Elliott (Dec. 23-28)? The U.S. Small Business Administration can help with its low-interest federal disaster loan program.

See the web site at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s

Or, go to the Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Metro CDC Delavan-Grider Community Center. Open M-F, 9:30am-6pm and Sat., 10am-2pm - closes permanently on Friday, March 24 at 4pm.

Call 800-659-2955 for help, M-F, 8am-8pm or email [email protected].

Want to help improve (foot and bike) safety at the intersection of Parkside and Linden in Buffalo? Are you a member of t...
03/16/2023
Parkside Avenue & Linden Avenue Walkability Improvement

Want to help improve (foot and bike) safety at the intersection of Parkside and Linden in Buffalo? Are you a member of that community? If so, then your input is needed. Click on the link to learn about the pilot project and to fill out a survey:

GObike promotes active mobility options, trails and greenways, and complete streets throughout Western New York.

We mailed 2,419 Narcan kits mailed to 2,096 people last year. Already this year, we've shipped out 700 kits.Text 716-225...
03/16/2023

We mailed 2,419 Narcan kits mailed to 2,096 people last year. Already this year, we've shipped out 700 kits.
Text 716-225-5473 and we'll mail Narcan to you too, for free. The only question we ask is what address to use.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie Coun...
03/16/2023

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn & Sheriff John Garcia from the Erie County Sheriff's Office presented overdose death data & updates on work being done to stop these deaths.

Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueOcmTUbidA

ASL translation by Deaf Access Services, A program of People Inc.

03/16/2023
From SAMHSA - a virtual training for parents and caregivers on children's mental health, March 22 at 6pm EST.Register:
03/15/2023
Webinar Registration - Zoom

From SAMHSA - a virtual training for parents and caregivers on children's mental health, March 22 at 6pm EST.

Register:

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95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Telephone

+17168587690

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