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Dec 22, 2011

Onsite Residential Septic Tank Replacement Program:  Starting January 1, 2012, a permit from the Tompkins County Environmental Health Division will be required when replacing a septic tank. A septic tank replacement application will have to be completed and submitted to the Division along with the permit fee. The septic tank replacement permit fee for 2012 is $100. Once a permit is obtained, the septic tank may be installed following the installation guidelines provided with the permit. After the septic tank has been installed, the Division must be notified so that an inspection can be performed. The Division will issue a certificate of completion upon successful completion.

Nov 30, 2011

National Influenza Immunization Week from December 4 through December 10 is a national observance highlighting the importance of flu vaccination beyond the fall season. It’s not too late to receive a flu shot if you haven’t received one already. Flu illness often occurs in the winter months of January, February and March, so protect yourself and your family from becoming ill.

Nov 18, 2011

he Tompkins County Health Department implemented an immunization clinic drill on November 15 to test its readiness to conduct a mass clinic in the event of a flu pandemic or other biological emergency that would require a timely and efficient response.

Oct 19, 2011

Nearly a quarter of a million children living in the United States have blood lead levels high enough to cause significant damage to their health estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), based on data from a 2003-2004 national survey. Major sources of lead exposure among U.S. children are lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust found in deteriorating buildings.

Oct 19, 2011

The deadline for required school immunizations is approaching. To help parents and caregivers meet this requirement, Tompkins County Health Department is holding an evening immunization clinic for school age children on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at its location at 55 Brown Road.

Sep 14, 2011

Should you get a flu shot this year? Here’s an easy answer: Everyone, Every Year (Everyone over the age of 6 months). This is the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD). A flu shot is the best protection against the flu — it protects you and limits the spread of flu to others, particularly infants under the age of 6 months who are too young to be immunized.

Sep 08, 2011

The current heavy rains have brought flooding to the area. Many locations in the county depend on water wells to supply their drinking water. These important water supplies can be negatively impacted by flooding. Flood waters can carry sewage, animal wastes, disease-causing organisms, and pesticides, fertilizers or other hazardous chemicals, leading to potential contamination of well waters.

Jun 30, 2011

The number of Lyme Disease cases has steadily increased in Tompkins County since 2006 the Tompkins County Health Department reports. Karen Bishop, Community Health Nurse Supervisor noted that in 2006 there were 2 cases; in 2010 there were 70 with a steady increase in the interim. “In the past, Tompkins County residents who had Lyme Disease usually acquired it while traveling in other areas of the state or country. Now most of the cases are locally acquired,” she said. In 2011 to date there have been 14 cases of Lyme Disease and 28 are probable cases pending confirmation. “That is a serious increase,” Mrs. Bishop noted. “Lyme Disease is here and everyone should take the necessary precautions to prevent it.”

May 16, 2011

Nearly 150 people offered their opinions on the taste of water supplied by seven municipal water treatment plants within Tompkins County, with Bolton Point Water System receiving the highest number of favored votes.  The Tompkins County Health Department, in conjunction with the City of Ithaca Water Treatment Plant, held the Tompkins County drinking water taste test at the Ithaca Farmer's market on Sunday, May 15, 2011.

May 05, 2011

The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) operates one of two Certified Home Health Agencies (CHHA) in the County. (Certification means that under New York State and Federal Medicare regulations, the agency may bill to and accept Medicare payments. Not all home care agencies are certified.)

Apr 20, 2011

The Tompkins County Division of Environmental Health and the City of Ithaca Water Treatment Plant will be hosting National Drinking Water Week events on Sunday, May 15th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market. 

Apr 18, 2011

The Tompkins County Health Department welcomes the Tompkins County community to an Open House and Ribbon Cutting at its new location at 55 Brown Road in the Cornell Business and Technology Park across from the Airport.