February 3, 2020
The Wyoming County Health Department is closely following a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in partnership with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our local health care providers and facilities.
The 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus was first detected in China that has not been previously found in humans. This coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath. There are thousands of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside of Wuhan and additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States. There are ongoing investigations to learn more about this virus. No one has been diagnosed with this new coronavirus in New York State.
Individuals who are experiencing symptoms and may have traveled to areas of concern, or have been in contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas, should call ahead to their health care provider.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Q: What is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Coronavirus
A: It is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. For the latest information, go to CDC 2019-nCoV website.
Q: What should I do if I (or someone I know) traveled to Wuhan, China?
A: People who think they may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV should
- Contact your healthcare provider immediately. Before you go to the doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.
- Do not travel while sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Q: Am I at risk for 2019-nCoV infection in the United States?
A: This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily. For the latest information, go to CDC 2019-nCoV website. The first infection with 2019-nCoV in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. See the current U.S. case count of infection with 2019-nCoV.
Q: What are the Symptoms
A. For confirmed 2019-nCoV infections, reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
CDC believes at this time that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses.
Q: How Does the Virus Spread?
A: This virus probably originally emerged from an animal source but now seems to be spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. It’s not clear yet how easily 2019-nCoV spreads from person-to-person. When person-to-person spread has occurred with MERS and SARS, it is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Spread of MERS and SARS between people has generally occurred between close contacts.
Q: How can I help protect myself?
A: There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However you should follow these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
New Yorkers Can Call 1-888-364-3065 with Questions or Concerns About Travel and Symptoms.
For further information you can visit the CDC website by clicking here.
The Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming & Niagara County has great news to share with your readers. Some cancers can be prevented! February 4th is Cancer Prevention Day and the CSP wants you to know that regular cancer screening can prevent certain cancers or find cancer early when it’s easiest to treat.
The CSP provides breast, cervical and colon cancer screening to eligible, uninsured New Yorkers. This program is supported by the State of New York because cancer screening works — it saves lives. These cancer screenings are covered by most insurance plans as well, so nearly every person has access to these preventive services.
How can cancer screening prevent cancer? Cervical and colon cancer screening can find abnormal cells that can be removed before they turn into cancer. This actually prevents cancer from starting. And while breast cancer can’t be prevented through screening, a mammogram can find breast cancer early. Early detection of cancer means treatment may be easier and it is more likely to be cured.
Here are some basics about cancer screening:
- · All men and women ages 50 and older should be screened regularly for colon cancer. There are several ways to be screened, including a stool test that can be done in the privacy of your own home.
- · Women age 50 and older should get screened for breast cancer. A mammogram is the best way to find breast cancer early.
- · Women ages 21-65-years-old should get screened for cervical cancer.
Individuals should always talk to their health care providers about personal risk factors (family history, personal history, lifestyle) as some people may need screening at a younger age or more often. Some cancers have multiple types of screening options. The individual, along with their health care provider, can decide which screening option is the best choice.
Uninsured residents of Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming & Niagara Counties can call the CSP at (716) 278-4898 to learn if they qualify for free cancer screening.
Free Opioid Overdose Reversal Training
February 12th 6:00pm
At Stevens Memorial Library
146 Main St.
Attica, NY 14011
Receive a FREE reversal kit upon completion of training!
Call the Health Department to schedule a training for your organization, community event, workplace, etc.
2019 SEASONAL FLU VACCINE
BY APPOINTMENT – FOR AGES 6 MONTHS THROUGH ADULT
Please call the Wyoming County Health Department at
(585)786-8890 or Toll Free at (800) 588-8670
All clinics will be held at the Wyoming County Health Department
5362 Mungers Mill Road, Silver Springs, NY 14550
Flexible Appointment Times Available
The following insurances are accepted:
**Please bring a copy of your insurance card**
BC/BS of WNY
Excellus Health Plan
Medicaid Managed Care
MVP Health Plan
*Please note, Empire will not pay for vaccines at Health Department clinics*
**Also, the Health Department can no longer bill Medicare**
Please visit your physician or a local pharmacy
***Your insurance company may charge a co-pay,
& the Health Department may bill you for that co-pay***
If you are uninsured or do not have an insurance listed above, the cost of the
Flu Vaccine is $30 / Pneumococcal Vaccine is $115
(Talk with clinic staff if you are uninsured and have a financial hardship)
Flu Vaccine is Preservative Free
State Septic System Replacement Program
The Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 (L. 2017, c. 57, Part T) established the Septic System Replacement Fund to provide a source of funding for the replacement of cesspools and septic systems in New York State. This grant program (the “Program”) seeks to reduce the environmental and public-health impacts associated with the discharge of effluent from cesspools and septic systems on groundwater used as drinking water, as well as threatened or impaired waterbodies. Silver Lake and Java Lake have been identified as threatened or impaired waterbodies in Wyoming County. Click here to see a complete program summary.
If your property is located next to one of the identified waterbodies and you wish to participate in this program, please complete the online grant application.
Pay Your Environmental Health Related Fees & Invoices Online
In addition to paying your Environmental Health related charges by check, you now have the option to pay online with a credit or debit card using GovPayNet. For this service a small processing fee will be added to your transaction. If you would like more information please review GovPayNet Fee Schedule and GovPayNet Terms of Service prior to paying.