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Oswego County Health Department Warns Of Restaurant Inspection Scam

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Health Department received notification last week that a fraudulent restaurant inspection was attempted at a local restaurant.

A caller, identified as “the new health inspector for the Oswego County Health Department,” spoke with the restaurant owner to schedule an inspection. Knowing the county health inspector, the owner denied the request and notified the county health department of the incident.

This account is similar to other scams reported to the New York State Association of County Health Officials.

Restaurants in six states have reportedly received telephone calls asking to schedule an inspection.

The intent of these inspection scams is to gain access into the restaurant facility, to obtain payment for “unacceptable restaurant practices,” and to gain identifying information for illegal use.

The Oswego County Health Department is informing restaurant owners, operators and employees to be aware of these scams to help avoid additional restaurants being victimized.

“We have strict standards that we follow when doing all restaurant inspections,” said Oswego County Public Health Director Dr. Dennis Norfleet. “One of the things we don’t do is announce our arrival. Our health inspectors do not contact restaurants in advance of routine inspections.”

Other health inspection standards held by the Oswego County Health Department include:

Every health department restaurant inspector always carries an “Oswego County Health Department” photo identification badge with them to inspections.

Every health department restaurant inspector leaves a signed “Restaurant Inspection Report” with the restaurant operator.

The Oswego County Health Department does not issue fines or collect money on site as a result of inspection findings.

Dr. Norfleet added, “Even new health inspectors, or those covering another inspector’s area, will enter the restaurant in person, introduce themselves and show a valid Oswego County Health Department identification. Restaurant operators should ask to see identification of any restaurant inspector and, if it is not provided, refuse access to the restaurant. Furthermore, I would advise that restaurant owners and operators report any suspicious or fraudulent calls to local law enforcement officials immediately.”

For more information about restaurant inspection standards contact the Oswego County Division of Environmental Health at 315/349-3557.

Oswego County Health Department Offers Tips To Stay Cool During A Heat Wave

SWEGO, NY – Each year more people in the United States die from extreme heat exposure than from hurricanes, lightening, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. On average, about 300 people die each year from exposure to heat.

The Oswego County Health Department recommends that everyone understand the warning signs of heat-related illness and take special care of those at risk.

“The elderly and young children are at a higher risk for heat illness. People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies cannot properly cool themselves. The body normally cools itself by sweating. When humidity levels are high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly,” Dr. Dennis Norfleet, Public Health Director said.

Heat-stroke is a serious illness that occurs when the body cannot regulate its temperature.

The body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down.

Body temperature may rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. This type of heat-related illness can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

Warning signs of heat illness could include:

  • extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
  • throbbing headache
  • dizziness, nausea and confusion
  • unconsciousness

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after exposure to high temperatures without proper fluid intake. If left untreated, it can progress to more serious heat stroke.

Warning signs of heat exhaustion could include:

  • heavy sweating
  • paleness
  • muscle cramps
  • tiredness, weakness or dizziness
  • headache, nausea or vomiting
  • fainting

“It’s important to take precautions during hot weather,” Dr. Norfleet added.

The Oswego County Health Department recommends the following:

  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Try to avoid liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar – these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors and, if possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall, senior center, or public library – even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

If you must be out in the heat:

  • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Cut down on physical activity.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Try to rest often in shady areas.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a ventilated hat and sunglasses, and put on sun screen.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

 

  • NEVER leave anyone (pets included) alone in a parked vehicle.

To learn more about heat-related illness, call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3547 or visit the New York State Department of Health web site at www.nyhealth.gov

Health Department Announces Clinic Schedule for Week Of July 11

OSWEGO – The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.

The following services will be offered during the week of July 11 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego and the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

Those who are covered by Medicaid or Medicare Part B should bring their cards to the clinic.

OSWEGO:

HIV Testing: Monday, July 11, 9 to 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday, July 12, 1 to 3 p.m., appointment needed.

Immunization Clinic: Friday, July 15, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., walk-in clinic.

Pregnancy Testing: Free pregnancy testing is available. Call 349-3391 for appointment.

Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Treatment Services: Call 349-3547 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

PULASKI:

Immunization Clinic: Friday, July 15, 9 to 11 a.m., walk-in clinic.

For more information on public health services or to make an appointment, contact the County Health Department, weekdays, phone 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.

Kindergarten To College Immunization Clinic Offered At Oswego County Health Department

OSWEGO, NY – Although the school year just ended, it’s time to make sure your child has the right immunizations for the next school year. New York State requires people to receive certain vaccinations to be eligible for entrance to school.

These requirements range from children entering kindergarten to students going to college.

The Oswego County Health Department will offer walk-in K- College immunization clinics every Tuesday beginning July 19 and ending Sept. 13 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St, Oswego.

The clinics will run from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesdays only.

The specific vaccines your child needs for entrance to school can be found at http://www.nyhealth.gov/publications/2370.pdf

“All college students attending school in New York State are required to be immunized against measles, mumps and rubella,” said Dr. Dennis Norfleet, Public Health Director. “Depending on your course of study, colleges may require additional vaccines. This information can be found by contacting the college.”

Those planning on attending one of the K-College clinics who have never been to an Oswego County immunization clinic should bring their most recent shot record to the clinic.

These can most easily obtained from your private provider or the school you’ve attended most recently.

Parents who have questions about immunization or would like more information, may call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.

Health Department Announces More Rabies Clinics

OSWEGO – The Oswego County Health Department will hold rabies clinics in Pulaski, Hannibal, Fulton and Minetto between the months of July and October.

The clinics will take place on the following Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.:

July 13, Pulaski: County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road.

Aug. 3, Hannibal: Town Highway Garage, Cemetery Drive.

Sept. 7, Fulton: DPW Garage, Edgarton Street.

Oct. 26, Minetto: Minetto Fire Department, 12 Barrett Drive.

New York State law requires that all cats, dogs, and pet ferrets be vaccinated against rabies.

The first rabies vaccine should be given at three months of age. A second vaccination is required within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter.

In order for cats and dogs to receive the 3-year booster shot, owners need to show that the pet was previously vaccinated and should bring their pet’s last rabies vaccination certificate to the clinic.

The health department suggests a $5 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the rabies clinics, but no one will be turned away.

Dogs should be leashed and cats and pet ferrets should be in a cage.

Any time a person or pet comes in physical contact with a bat or wild animal, especially a sick or suspicious-acting animal, the incident should be immediately reported to the County Health Department.

To report a possible exposure or for more information about rabies, call the Health Department weekdays at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564.

In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health department’s answering service at 341-0086.

Oswego County Health Department Announces More Rabies Clinics

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Health Department will hold rabies clinics in Volney, West Monroe, and Pulaski during the spring and summer.

Clinics will be held May 4 at the Bristol Hill Solid Waste Facility, 3125 state Route 3, Volney; June 8 at the West Monroe Town Garage, 46 County Route 11, West Monroe; and July 13 at the County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road, Pulaski.

All clinics will be from 6 to 8 p.m.

Additional clinics will be announced when the schedule is finalized.

New York State law requires that all cats, dogs, and pet ferrets be vaccinated against rabies.

The first rabies vaccine should be given at three months of age. A second vaccination is required within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter.

In order for cats and dogs to receive the 3-year booster shot, owners need to show that the pet was previously vaccinated and should bring their pet’s last rabies vaccination certificate to the clinic.

The health department suggests a $5 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the rabies clinics, but no one will be turned away.

Dogs should be leashed and cats and pet ferrets should be in a cage.

Any time a person or pet comes in physical contact with a bat or wild animal, especially a sick or suspicious-acting animal, the incident should be immediately reported to the County Health Department.

To report a possible exposure, or for more information about rabies, call the Health Department weekdays at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564.

In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health department’s answering service at 341-0086.

Health Department Announces Clinic Schedule

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.

The following services will be offered during the week of April 26 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

Those who are covered by Medicaid or Medicare Part B should bring their cards to the clinic.

Oswego:

HIV Testing: April 26, 9 to 11:30 a.m., and April 27, 1 to 3 p.m., appointment needed.

Immunization Clinic: April 30, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., walk-in clinic.

Pregnancy Testing: Free pregnancy testing is available. Call 349-3391 for appointment.

Scriba:

Rabies Clinic:, April 28, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, Route 104 East. Dogs must be leashed and cats and ferrets must be confined in a crate. The health department suggests a $5 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the clinic.

For more information on public health services or to make an appointment, contact the County Health Department, weekdays, phone 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.

Report: Oswego Fire Department Ambulance Service Being Investigated

Channel 3′s Jim Kenyon reports that the State Health Department is investigating a complaint involving the Oswego Fire Department’s ambulance service.

According to Kenyon’s report:

“Sources say that paramedics refused to transport a female patient to the hospital on Wednesday. The woman was forced to call a private ambulance service. When she arrived at the hospital, sources tell us she needed emergency treatment.”

The state Health Department confirmed to Channel 3 that it was investigating a complaint, but would not be more specific.

Oswego Mayor Randy Bateman told Oswego County Today that he just learned of the situation yesterday.

“I don’t know where it started. I’m told that the state Health Department is investigating an incident,” he said.

“I’m not aware of the details or the circumstances. So, I can’t comment on anything until the investigation is completed and I get informed of the facts,” he added.

Last Chance For Seasonal Flu Shots At Oswego County Health Department

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Health Department will hold its last seasonal flu clinics on Jan. 21 and 28 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic on Bunner Street in Oswego.

Anyone interested in receiving the seasonal flu vaccine must schedule an appointment by going to https://www.onflu.net/oswego/ or by calling the health department at 349-3547.

“The flu is serious,” said Oswego County Public Health Director Dr. Dennis Norfleet. “It can be particularly dangerous for certain people at high risk, including those aged 65 years and older; those with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, cancer, kidney or heart disease; and pregnant women and young children. An otherwise healthy person may be sick in bed for a week with the flu, but passing the flu on to someone in one of these groups could have far more serious consequences.”

People can protect themselves and those around them by getting vaccinated.

Flu shots are available to anyone three years of age or older and reduce your chances of getting the virus by 70 to 90 percent.

The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine that contains three seasonal influenza viruses and does not include the H1N1 virus.

People who want the H1N1 vaccination must receive a separate shot.

For more information about the seasonal flu vaccine, call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or go to http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/flushot.htm

EEE Virus Found in Mammal-Biting Mosquitoes in Oswego County

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The Oswego County Health Department was notified today that more of the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus has been found in Oswego County, bringing the total to seven pools.

Interim Public Health Director Dr. Dennis Norfleet said that although the EEE virus is still active, surveillance activities show that the mosquito population is steadily declining.

The virus was collected from traps set in the heart of the Toad Harbor/Big Bay Swamp. This species of mosquitoes is known to feed primarily on deer. Dr. Norfleet said this is the first time this year that the EEE virus has been identified in mammal-biting mosquitoes.

“While people should be aware that the virus is present, conditions still do not warrant aerial spraying,” said Dr. Norfleet. “It is important to continue to take personal measures that will protect against mosquito bites. The best way to protect yourself is to stay away from any areas where mosquitoes might concentrate and limit your outside activities during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.”

To protect against mosquito bites, people should wear shoes and socks, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants when outside around dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. Use insect repellant containing DEET during dawn and dusk, and apply it over clothing. Always use insect repellants according to the label instructions.

To reduce mosquito-breeding sites around the home:

● Replace or repair broken screens and install new screens as needed;

● Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar outdoor items that hold water;

● Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outside;

● Clean clogged rain gutters and make sure they continue to work properly;

● Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use;

● Change water in bird baths at least every four days;

● Clear vegetation and debris from edges of ponds;

● Clean chlorinated swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs;

● Drain water from pool covers; and

● Use landscaping materials to eliminate low spots where standing water accumulates.

For more information about EEE and other viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes, call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., or visit the New York State Department of Health Web site at www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/communicable/eastern_equine_encephalitis/fact_sh

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