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Victor-Farmington Ambulance Covid-19 Testing Operation

COVID -19 Test Operation (TESTING ONLY)

Victor Farmington Ambulance
1321 East Victor Road
Victor, NY 14564
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Public Notes:  This Drive-Thru Covid-19 Testing Clinic is open to the General Public.  To receive a test you must register prior to arrival at the testing location--No Exceptions.  This Covid-19 Testing Clinic is only for people who are not experiencing symptoms of illness.  If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of illness, please do not come to this location.  If you are ill and wish to be tested for Covid-19, please reach out to your Primary Care Provider or go to an Urgent Care Clinic.  If your test result comes back positive you will be notified within 24 Hours.  People who test negative will not be notified.  If you require a negative test result to return to school or place of employment, you MUST email a request to after you have been tested.          (1/14/21)                                                              

Questions About COVID-19 Vaccine? 

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January 19, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Update

As of January 15, 2021, over 5,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been distributed by our area hospitals, community partners and Ontario County Public Health. We have ordered and are waiting to receive another shipment of vaccine this week. As soon as we receive it we will plan a clinic and create a registration link. The registration link will be placed on our website and Facebook pages. 

We are still receiving calls, emails and letters asking where our residents can get a COVID-19 vaccine. We do not have any vaccine to give you until we receive our next shipment. We are not guaranteed to obtain the amount that we have ordered so we do not set-up a registration link before we receive the vaccine.

January 13 , 2021 Vaccine Update

We are thrilled that you are actively seeking out COVID-19 vaccine! We received 750 voicemails inquiring about vaccine in one night. The number of calls we are receiving is making it very hard for our residents that are on isolation and quarantine to contact us if they need help.  
We know this is frustrating. We set up more drive-thru clinics the moment we receive vaccine. We have vaccine on order. When we receive more vaccine we will create another clinic link immediately. 
Our hope is that local pharmacies and healthcare providers will also start vaccinating shortly (when they receive vaccine).
Until then, check our website and Facebook accounts frequently. 


January 12, 2021 Vaccine Update 

As of January 11, 2021, New Yorkers in Phase 1a and segments of Phase 1b are eligible for the vaccines. Eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 65 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and public safety workers. Residents and staff at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will continue to be vaccinated through a federal program, which the state is providing resources to accelerate.

Health care workers who are part of Phase 1a will continue to be vaccinated at hospitals and other clinical settings.

People age 65 and over will primarily be vaccinated at pharmacies and other sites that are part of the “retail network.” Call your local pharmacy. 

Public employees (for example, police departments, public school teachers and MTA employees) will primarily be vaccinated through their groups’ relevant health programs or as organized by their unions.
As more vaccine becomes available we will share information about COVID-19 vaccination clinics. 

1st Dose Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic- for Phase 1A &1B

Date: More Vaccine is Expected this Week- Check Back Daily

Who May Attend: Are you eligible for COVID-19 vaccine during this clinic?

Important Information:

  • This Vaccination Clinic is only for individuals receiving the 1st Dose of Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine.  Health Care Professionals & other individuals who meet the New York State Department of Health description in the Phase 1A  and Phase 1B sections of  the NYS Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan may register for this Vaccination Clinic.  This includes individuals 75 years of age and older. 
  • To receive vaccine at this clinic you must register prior to arriving at the Clinic Location--No Exceptions.  Only individuals who are not ill are able to be vaccinated.  If you have signs or symptoms of any illness please do not come to this location.  To help prevent the spread of Covid-19 only 2 people should arrive in one vehicle. 

What to Expect At The Drive-Thru Clinic: 

  • To expedite traffic flow through the clinic area, passengers are asked to ride in the back seat behind the driver. The vaccine will be administered through the open driver's side car window.  No one is allowed to exit the vehicle while on clinic grounds.  Please wear clothing that makes it possible to easily inject vaccine into the left shoulder muscle. Please have your coat or jacket off.  Be prepared to show some form of ID, such as employee identification badge, pay stub, Professional License or Certificate.

Be prepared to show ID.  ** All Health Care Professionals are requested to show either a badge, pay stub, Professional License or Certificate.

As of January 20, 2021

  • 4,788 Ontario County residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. 
  • 51 new cases; all 51 cases today are community-acquired (not in long-term care) 
  • Make-up of new cases: Many cases are related household contacts, college students and community cases. 
  • 896 COVID-19 positive individuals (are being isolated).  This is in addition to 632 mandatory quarantines (contacts of positive cases) totaling 1,528 in the isolation and quarantine category.
  • Negative Tests: 275
  • Hospital: 55 hospitalized patients (to the best of our knowledge). 
  • Recoveries: 3,815recoveries reported since the start of the pandemic 188 new recoveries today.
  • Deaths: 83 reported COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Unfortunately, one community resident was reported as COVID-19 death today. 
  • Registered Travelers: 800

January 20 COVID update

What YOU Need to Know about COVID-19 Symptoms: 

Residents with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms. (Some have had no symptoms at all.) Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. 
STAY HOME AND ISOLATE in ONE ROOM with these COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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Positive for COVID-19, Now What?

What to Do If You Test Positive:

Take steps to care for yourself and help protect others in your home and community. 

CDC's What To Do If YOU Test Positive

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COVID-19 Cases in the Ontario County Community

Visit our Newly Created COVID-19 Page!

To stop the spread of COVID-19, New York needs each of us to do our part. One way you can help yourself and your community is by participating in our newly launched mobile contact tracing app COVID Alert NY.
NY alert app


(Updated 10/27/2020)

Ontario County Public Health Awarded National Accreditation Through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)!

Ontario County Public Health is proud to announce that it has been awarded a national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). 

The five year process for applying for PHAB accreditation has improved both our program effectiveness and the quality our essential services. We didn't do it alone. The application for accreditation was submitted with several other county health departments (Steuben, Seneca, Schuyler, Wayne and Yates) making this the very first regional accreditation in the United States! 

The national accreditation program sets standards against which the nation’s governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance. More than 80 percent of the U.S. population now reaps the benefit of being served by a health department that has undergone PHAB’s rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets a set of quality standards and measures.

Final Accreditation Press Release 9 10 20-page-001

Public Health Accreditation Board

(Updated 9/10/2020)

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Dog Bite Prevention Flyer (2)

Learn the Right Way to Wash Your Hands

NArcan Kit 4mg

Next Naloxone Program

Next Naloxone is a new program aimed at improving  access to Narcan for people living in rural communities

Next Naloxone is for anyone that can not access Narcan (due to cost, transportation or other reasons) through pharmacies, syringe exchange programs or other means. Follow the link to receive local resources and the lifesaving drug Narcan via the mail.
To learn more visit: Next Distro

(Updated 9/2/2020) 


2-1-1 Lifeline

Resources in the Finger Lakes

Need to be connected with a service in the Finger Lakes Region and not sure who to call? Simply dial 2-1-1 for local resources. 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

2-1-1 Life Line

(Updated 8/9/2018)

Prevent Lyme Disease!

Check out the graphics below!

(Updated 7/27/2018)

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2018 Public Health Works!

Honor Roll Award Winner

Congratulations Christine Pullin, RN, BSN!

Cristine Pullin

Christine has worked as Immunization Coordinator for Ontario County Public Health for three years. Among other duties, she visits pediatric practices, daycares and Mennonite schools to assess vaccination rates and provide education about best practices. Due to her efficiency and attention to detail in 2018-2019, the department received over $20,000 in incentive award funds the New York State Department of Health statewide performance‐based incentive program.

Most importantly, Christine does her work in ways that cultivate mutual respect and cooperation. Christine is an effective advocate for immunization. During immunization clinics, clients often leave the department immunized for more vaccine preventable diseases than they were originally scheduled to receive. As a member of the Finger Lakes Migrant Coalition she demonstrates her desire to serve the community and promote equity in the delivery of disease prevention education and health promotion.

Visit the NYSDOH Announcement

(Update 9/2/2020)

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Water Testing

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is offering assistance with lead testing of water, for as long as funds are available.


Common Questions

How does lead get into the water we drink? 
Inmost cases, lead in drinking water does not come from the source itself but from a plumbing system such as water fixtures, pipes and solder. Water in the plumbing system can dissolve lead from fixtures, pipes and solder. This is called leaching. Soft, corrosive or acidic (low pH) water is more likely to cause leaching. Water left standing in plumbing systems over a long period of time also increases leaching. The longer the water stands in the pipes, the greater the possibility of lead being dissolved into the water.

What can I do to reduce the lead level in my drinking water? 

If the lead level is higher than 0.015 mg/l only in your “first-draw-sample”, then the source of lead in your drinking water is likely from the fixture. 

You should:

  1. Run your water to flush out lead. Run water for at least 30 seconds or until water is cold to the touch or reaches a steady temperature before using it for drinking or cooking if it hasn’t been used for several hours. This flushes lead-containing water from the fixture.
  2. Use only cold tap water for cooking, drinking or making a baby's formula. Do not cook with or drink water from the hot water tap; lead dissolves more easily into hot water.  DO NOT USE WATER FROM THE HOT WATER TAP TO MAKE BABY FORMULA.
  3. Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling water will not reduce lead.
  4. Replace your plumbing fixtures if they are found to contain lead. Plumbing materials, including pipes, new brass faucets, fittings, and valves, including those advertised as “lead-free,” may contribute lead to drinking water. The law allows plumbing products (such as pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures) with a weighted average of the lead content of wet surfaces of up to 0.25% lead to be considered “lead free.”

If the lead level is higher than 0.015 mg/l in both first-draw and flush samples, your home may be served by a lead service line and/or plumbing materials in your home may contain lead. Refer to the step 4 above.

Also, consider purchasing bottled water or a water filter. Read the package to be sure the filter is approved to reduce lead or contact NSF International at 800-NSF-8010 for information on performance standards for water filters. Be sure to maintain and replace a filter device in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions to protect water quality. Any measure you take to reduce your exposure to lead should be continued until the lead source(s) has been minimized or eliminated.

Free Lead Testing Pilot Program NYSDOH

Where can I get more information?
New York State Department of Health 
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

Certified Product Listings for Lead Reduction

(Update: 9/2/2020)

Stay Informed About the Former Geneva Foundry Site 

For the latest updates on the former Geneva Foundry site, visit:                 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 
Register for news and updates from the 
Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Remediation 
Do you have specific site related health questions? 
     Anthony Perretta
     Corning Tower, Room 1789
     Albany, New York 12237
     Email NYSDOH-BEFI

(Updated 9/2/2020)