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01/02/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH EXPLAINS BEST PRACTICES FOR MASK USE The best mask is the one you wear consistently and properly.
01/02/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ADJUSTS CASE INVESTIGATION PRACTICES IN RESPONSE TO HIGH VOLUME OF COVID-19 REPORTS ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ADJUSTS CASE INVESTIGATION PRACTICES IN RESPONSE TO HIGH VOLUME OF COVID-19 REPORTS
01/05/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCES CHANGES IN COVID-19 OPERATIONS FOR JANUARY 6 DUE TO EXPECTED WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS With the potential for winter weather to impact travel and road conditions on Thursday, January 6, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is making the following announcement about COVID-19...
01/06/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATES SCHOOLS, FAMILIES ON TEST TO STAY PROGRAM ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATES SCHOOLS, FAMILIES ON TEST TO STAY PROGRAM
01/07/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SENDS NEARLY 40,000 COVID-19 TEST KITS TO VILLAGE, TOWN AND CITY EMERGENCY MANAGERS Mass distribution effort scheduled in most municipalities for Saturday morning
01/07/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PRESENTS TEST TO STAY PROGRAM TO SCHOOL LEADERS & DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENTS Plans in place for the initiative to begin for many schools next week
01/11/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH EXPANDS COVID-19 TESTING CAPACITY, INFO LINE HOURS Appointments are still required for free ECDOH COVID-19 testing; call (716) 858-2929.
01/11/2022 BOOSTERS AVAILABLE: ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH VACCINE CLINICS OFFER COVID-19 BOOSTER DOSES TO ALL ELIGIBLE ECDOH COVID-19 vaccine clinics follow CDC and New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) guidance for booster administration.
01/12/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COORDINATES COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS FOR CHILDREN WITH LOCAL CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS These vaccine clinics will offer Pfizer COVID-19 doses for children under 18 years old, and vaccine including boosters for eligible family members.
01/12/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH LAUNCHES TEST TO STAY PROGRAM WITH SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS These schools expressed an interest in implementing the Test to Stay option for their students, and will work closely with the ECDOH Epidemiology School Team to coordinate testing and data reporting.
01/16/2022 WITH IMPENDING MAJOR WINTER STORM CONDITIONS, ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CANCELS COVID-19 TESTING SITES, VACCINE CLINICS AND COVID-19 INFORMATION LINE FOR MONDAY, JANUARY 17 The ECDOH-19 COVID-19 Information Line will be closed on Monday, January 17 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 18 at 8:30 a.m.
01/19/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS SCREENING FOR DETECTION AND VACCINE FOR PREVENTION DURING NATIONAL CERVICAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH Available screening tests can identify precancerous cells, which might become cervical cancer if not treated appropriately.
01/20/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATES SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS ON NEW YORK STATE GUIDANCE RELATED TO COVID-19 CASE INVESTIGATIONS ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATES SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS ON NEW YORK STATE GUIDANCE RELATED TO COVID-19 CASE INVESTIGATIONS
01/31/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO OFFER WALK-IN COVID-19 TESTING AT TWO SITES ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO OFFER WALK-IN COVID-19 TESTING AT TWO SITES
02/03/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CHANGING COVID-19 INFORMATION LINE HOURS Call Center open weekdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., starting Monday, Feb. 7
02/04/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS AVAILABILITY OF COVID-19 ORAL ANTIVIRAL MEDICATIONS If you have COVID-19 symptoms, confirm a diagnosis with a lab test and talk to your doctor about prescription options
02/16/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATES COVID-19 TESTING OPTIONS Erie County residents may request PCR or rapid (ID Now) COVID-19 testing
02/23/2022 ERIE COUNTY CANCER SERVICES PROGRAM PARTNERS WITH TOPS FOR COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH Outreach team will distribute FIT Kits at 18 Tops Friendly Markets stores over 17 days in March
02/23/2022 ERIE COUNTY OPIATE EPIDEMIC TASK FORCE ANNOUNCES NARCAN USE TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR SPRING 2022 All participants will receive a free Narcan kit after the training is complete.
02/28/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SHARES UPDATE TO NYS SCHOOL MASKING REQUIREMENTS & NEW CDC COMMUNITY GUIDANCE ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SHARES UPDATE TO NYS SCHOOL MASKING REQUIREMENTS & NEW CDC COMMUNITY GUIDANCE
03/01/2022 A FAMILIAR MESSAGE FOR COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH IN MARCH: GET SCREENED The Erie County Cancer Services Program screens uninsured and underinsured residents starting at age 45
03/02/2022 LIVES LOST TO OPIOID OVERDOSE DEATHS TO BE REMEMBERED ON BLACK BALLOON DAY EVENT ON MARCH 6 Erie County’s Black Balloon Day virtual event will begin at 1 p.m. via WebEx on March 6. This event will begin with an invocation by Pastor Steven Easley of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, followed...
03/17/2022 NATIONAL POISON PREVENTION WEEK STARTS MARCH 20 Erie County is #2 in calls to the Upstate New York Poison Center
03/24/2022 ENRICHMENT PROGRAM AVAILABLE FOR LEAD-POISONED CHILDREN IN ERIE COUNTY “Lead it Go” provides parents and caregivers with supportive educational tools to address negative effects of toxic lead exposure
04/04/2022 NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK OBSERVED APRIL 4-10 Week recognizes the importance of putting health equity at the center of public health work
04/04/2022 SECOND BOOSTER DOSES FOR COVID-19 VACCINE AVAILABLE FROM ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CLINICS Generally, this updated guidance allows a second COVID-19 booster dose at least four months after receiving a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine for: people...
04/07/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATES COVID-19 TEST LOCATIONS, HOURS Each location offers free testing. Appointments are suggested but walk-ins are welcome; call (716) 858-2929 or visit www.erie.gov/covidtest for more information.
04/11/2022 TWO DATES SET FOR FREE RABIES VACCINATION CLINICS FOR DOGS, INDOOR & OUTDOOR CATS, AND FERRETS Erie County Department of Health schedules sites in Tonawanda and city of Buffalo
04/11/2022 “TEST TO TREAT” OPTION OFFERED BY ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH THROUGH ITS COVID-19 TEST SITES Eligible people with a positive COVID-19 test result from an ECDOH test site may receive a prescription for Paxlovid, a COVID-19 treatment
04/14/2022 WITH COVID-19 CASES INCREASING, ERIE COUNTY SHARES SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INDIVDUALS AND HOUSEHOLDS With family and religious gatherings this weekend and this month, and the end of a vacation or travel week for many, we are asking all residents to consider the COVID-19 risks for themselves and...
04/22/2022 “HIGH” COVID-19 COMMUNITY LEVEL PROMPTS ADDITIONAL SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS FROM ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH On Thursday, April 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that Erie County meets the indicators for a “high” COVID-19 level.
04/25/2022 NATIONAL MEDICAL LABORATORY PROFESSIONALS WEEK RUNS FROM APRIL 24-30 Erie County Public Health Lab supports “giving the gift of health”
05/12/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ADVISES CONTINUED COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES Preventive measures protect the people most vulnerable to severe illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19
05/16/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CELEBRATES EMS PERSONNEL DURING EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK First responders rise to the challenge of protecting community health and safety
05/18/2022 ERIE COUNTY STATEMENT ON THREAT TO HEALTH DEPARTMENT CLINIC ERIE COUNTY STATEMENT ON THREAT TO HEALTH DEPARTMENT CLINIC
05/19/2022 INCREASES IN SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS PROMPT REMINDER FROM ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: STIs ARE TREATABLE Hotline introduced to expand access to free medications to treat the partners of people diagnosed with an STI – Every Partner Treated (EPT)
05/20/2022 DON’T TRUST YOUR COCAINE Nine deaths with suspected cocaine & fentanyl involvement in the past week prompts stark warning from Erie County Department of Health
05/23/2022 ELEVATED FLU ACTIVITY PROMPTS ADVISORY FROM NEW YORK STATE Erie County Department of Health encourages preventive measures against flu transmission
05/25/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATES COVID-19 VACCINE SCHEDULE COVID-19 Information Line and Testing Operations Closed Memorial Day Weekend
05/26/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFERS COVID-19 BOOSTER DOSES FOR CHILDREN AGES 5 TO 11 YEARS STARTING MAY 27 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFERS COVID-19 BOOSTER DOSES FOR CHILDREN AGES 5 TO 11 YEARS STARTING MAY 27
05/26/2022 DON’T TRUST YOUR COCAINE, DON’T TRUST YOUR PILLS Erie County joins partners in sharing important warnings to prevent deadly overdoses and save lives
05/31/2022 ERIE COUNTY OPIATE EPIDEMIC TASK FORCE ANNOUNCES NARCAN USE TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER 2022 ERIE COUNTY OPIATE EPIDEMIC TASK FORCE ANNOUNCES NARCAN USE TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER 2022
06/01/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH FUNDS AIR FILTRATION EQUIPMENT FOR K-12 SCHOOLS IN ERIE COUNTY Locally produced units from Austin Air Systems will improve air quality, reduce disease transmission risk for students and school staff
06/06/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH INVESTIGATES SCRATCHES AND BITES FROM CATS, RATS, BATS AND MORE Warm weather brings humans into contact with wild animals, increases risk of rabies exposure
06/06/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & OFFICE OF CONSUMER PROTECTION PROVIDE INFORMATION TO PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS STRUGGLING TO FIND INFANT FORMULA Catholic Charities is the administrator of the local Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program. WIC subsidizes infant formula, among other nutritious foods, for low-income families. Erie County...
06/08/2022 FAMILY HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY, SATURDAY, JUNE 11 This special day promotes the importance of parks and recreation in keeping communities healthy and active.
06/14/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE CHANGES FOR JUNETEENTH HOLIDAY Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) offices will be closed for the Juneteenth holiday (observed) on Monday, June 20, 2022.
06/22/2022 COVID-19 SERVICE UPDATES FROM THE ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH The Erie County Department of Health is adjusting its COVID-19 test site operations and Information Line hours.
06/23/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO OFFER COVID-19 VACCINE FOR CHILDREN AGES 6 MONTHS TO UNDER 5 YEARS Pediatric practices & and medical offices can order vaccine directly from ECDOH
06/29/2022 AFTER 28 MONTHS OF SERVICE AND NEARLY 300,000 CALLS RECEIVED, ERIE COUNTY TO CLOSE ITS COVID-19 INFORMATION LINE This hotline will answer its last call on Thursday, June 30.
06/29/2022 JOHN R. OISHEI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AND ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO OFFER COVID-19 VACCINE TO CHILDREN AGES 6 MONTHS TO 4 YEARS ON SATURDAY, JULY 9 Appointments strongly recommended for this joint vaccine clinic
07/13/2022 MONKEYPOX DETECTED IN ERIE COUNTY RESIDENT Risk to the general public is currently low
07/22/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH MAKES MONKEYPOX VACCINE AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE AT HIGHEST RISK OF INFECTION Two-day clinic scheduled with Evergreen Health for eligible Erie County residents; ECDOH to offer monkeypox vaccine to close contacts through contact tracing
07/22/2022 IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN – RABIES VACCINE BAIT DROP SCHEDULED TO BEGIN AUGUST 1 Fixed wing aircraft, helicopters and vector control staff on the ground will distribute bite-size rabies vaccine for wildlife populations in Western New York
07/25/2022 ERIE COUNTY DELIVERS HARM REDUCTION SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS TO LOCAL RESTAURANTS AND BARS Narcan kits, branded bags and coasters part of campaign to prevent opioid overdoses and deaths
07/28/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATES COVID-19 TESTING AND VACCINE CLINIC SCHEDULE Starting Monday, August 1, 2022, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) will follow updated schedules for free COVID-19 testing and vaccines at the Jesse Nash Health Center at 608 William...
08/09/2022 OFFICE OF HEALTH EQUITY INVITES ERIE COUNTY RESIDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN SURVEY Responses will inform department’s work to address health disparities; respondents eligible for $100 gift card drawing
08/10/2022 THREE FREE RABIES VACCINE CLINICS PLANNED BY THE ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH THIS FALL Cats, dogs and ferrets welcome at Orchard Park, Cheektowaga and Buffalo sites
08/30/2022 UNTIL FREEZING WEATHER ARRIVES, FIGHT MOSQUITOES ONE YARD AT A TIME West Nile virus detected in surveillance pools; Erie County residents can reduce mosquito populations and take steps to prevent itchy bites
08/30/2022 TURNING ANGUISH INTO AWARENESS On International Overdose Awareness Day, families and loved ones remember lives lost to opioid epidemic
09/06/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFERS STOP THE BLEED TRAINING AS PART OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS ACTIVITIES September is National Preparedness Month: You are the help until help arrives.
09/12/2022 TOUCH A TRUCK EVENT HIGHLIGHTS ERIE COUNTY’S EMERGENCY VEHICLE FLEET Children of all ages welcome at evening event at Como Lake Park in Lancaster, featuring vehicles from Homeland Security & Emergency Services and Public Works
09/12/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO OFFER NEW BIVALENT COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTERS Newly available vaccines protect against omicron variants and boost previous vaccination protection
09/16/2022 TO FLUSH OR NOT TO FLUSH - PROTECT AND PRESERVE YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM WITH THESE REMINDERS DURING SEPTICSMART WEEK What you put down your toilet can affect the environment
09/20/2022 ERIE COUNTY OFFERS “CATCH-UP” IMMUNIZATIONS FOR ELIGIBLE SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN Appointments required; available to children in Erie County who need immunizations to continue attending school and meet other eligibility criteria
09/21/2022 MAKE FALLS PREVENTION A FOCUS THIS FALL Practical safety tips for preventing falls and head injuries from the Erie County Department of Senior Services and Erie County Department of Health
09/28/2022 AT-HOME COVID-19 TESTS AND MASKS PROVIDED BY ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Non-profits, houses of worship, youth programs, block clubs and similar groups can place orders through an online form; individuals can pick up test kits at dozens of municipal sites
10/17/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND LITERACY BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNER TO PROMOTE HEALTH LITERACY AWARENESS IN OCTOBER Everyone can play a role in supporting health literacy and better health outcomes
10/18/2022 ERIE COUNTY OFFICE OF HEALTH EQUITY DIRECTOR TO JOIN HEALTHeLINK REGIONAL HEALTH IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE ERIE COUNTY OFFICE OF HEALTH EQUITY DIRECTOR TO JOIN HEALTHeLINK REGIONAL HEALTH IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE
10/20/2022 KNOW THE ABCs OF SAFER SLEEPING FOR BABIES KNOW THE ABCs OF SAFER SLEEPING FOR BABIES
10/24/2022 GET A FLU VACCINE – IT’S NOT TOO LATE Erie County Department of Health recommends a flu vaccine as flu season takes hold
10/24/2022 ERIE COUNTY RESIDENTS CAN FIND THEIR HOME’S AGE WITH NEW SEARCHABLE DATABASE Homes built before 1978 are likely to contain lead paint; Health Department announces this new resource during Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.
10/26/2022 PrEP AWARE WEEK: PREVENTING HIV INFECTIONS Observance runs from October 24-31, 2022
11/01/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO OFFER MONKEYPOX VACCINES THROUGH VAX VISIT PROGRAM Free and confidential monkeypox vaccines to eligible Erie County residents at their homes or any location in Erie County
11/04/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND KALEIDA HEALTH ALERT COMMUNITY TO TRIPLE THREAT OF PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES Surge in RSV and flu cases prompt warning and call to help prevent illness, protect vulnerable community members
11/21/2022 MAKE FOOD SAFETY PART OF YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER Erie County Department of Health offers recommendations for safe food handling and food prep
11/21/2022 EARLY REPORTS FROM CDC SHOW CURRENT FLU VACCINE IS A GOOD MATCH AGAINST CIRCULATING INFLUENZA VIRUSES Lab-confirmed statewide case totals to date surpass previous two seasons combined
12/07/2022 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CHANGING COVID-19 TESTING AND VACCINE SCHEDULE AT JESSE NASH HEALTH CENTER, 608 WILLIAM STREET New days, hours take effect on Monday, December 12

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