With extremely low temperatures and wind chill expected to hit Oneida County by Friday, the Health Department is urging residents to be prepared.
“Being prepared is your best defense against extremely cold weather,” said Oneida County Director of Health Daniel W. Gilmore, Ph.D., MPH. “Prepare yourselves, your vehicles, and your homes. If you have outdoor pets, prepare now to provide them warm shelter and check in with elderly neighbors and relatives.”
A raccoon has tested positive for rabies in Town of Whitestown. The raccoon was sent to the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center for testing and positive results were reported on December 30, 2022. One person was exposed to the raccoon and received post exposure prophylaxis. This raccoon was captured on December 28, 2022 in the town of Whitestown near the Rayhill walking trail off Rt. 840. If anyone was in the area during this time and believes they or their pet had contact with this raccoon, please contact the Oneida County Health Department at 315-798-5064.
As Oneida County experiences one of its most active flu seasons in recent years, the Health Department is helping to raise awareness of flu vaccines as part of National Influenza Vaccination Awareness Week. Oneida County has already had almost 800 reported cases this season, a very high number at this point in the season compared to years’ past.
Cooler weather is approaching, and the holiday season is right around the corner. With that comes more time indoors and gatherings with friends and family. Be proactive and take some simple steps to keep you and your family healthy and avoid illness.
A skunk has tested positive for rabies in the Town of Forestport. The skunk was sent to the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center for testing on October 26, 2022 and positive results were reported on October 27, 2022. One person was exposed to the skunk and received post exposure prophylaxis.