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2013 News Archives

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2013 News Archives

May 06, 2013

Over two hundred 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 5, 2013.

May 06, 2013

The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that bit a man at the Ithaca Dog Park at Treman Marina. The bite occurred Sunday, May 5, 2013, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. 

The dog was a gray and white pit bull named Georgie, with a reddish nylon collar and a chain type leash.  The owner of the dog was a woman with long, dark brown hair, around five feet, seven inches tall, medium build, and was wearing denim capri jeans and a t-shirt.

Apr 29, 2013

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 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market.  Throughout the  day representatives from local governments, citizens’ organizations, and non-profits will be providing the 19th annual drinking water taste test, demonstrations of specialized monitoring and inspection equipment, models of groundwater movement and surface water runoff, educational computer games for children, hands-on displays, and lots of water-related information.  Please visit the Tompkins County Health Department's website at for more detailed and updated information.

Apr 26, 2013

Rabies is a fatal neurological disease that may be transmitted to humans from infected raccoons, bats, skunks, foxes, dogs, cats and other mammals. Animal bites are the most common method of transmission, but contact with brain or spinal tissues or fluids can also transmit the disease. A bat bite is considered a high risk of transmission of rabies. If a bat is in a room with a child or a sleeping, or impaired person, they may be at risk for rabies because they may be unaware of being bitten by the bat. Please report all animal bites (domestic and wild animals) and any of the above incidents to the Tompkins County Health Department at 607-274-6688.

Apr 19, 2013

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities. This year NIIW is observed April 20–27.

Vaccines are among the most successful cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. Karen Bishop, Supervising Community Health Nurse at the Tompkins County Health Department reminds parents and caregivers that immunizations are one of the most important ways they can protect their children against serious diseases.  “Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases. That is why it is important for children to be immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before the age of two,” she said.

Mar 20, 2013

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin today released county health rankings for most counties in the United States. Tompkins County was ranked the third healthiest county in New York State.  The rankings use a standard way to measure how healthy people are and how long they live. And the rankings help everyone to see that where they live, learn, work, and play influences their health and the health of their community.

Mar 11, 2013

The Tompkins County Board of Health meeting on Tuesday, March 12 has been cancelled. The Board will meet next month on Tuesday, April 9 at the Health Department.

Jan 16, 2013

The Tompkins County Health Department announces their winter Free Rabies Clinic for cats, dogs and ferrets at the Tompkins County SPCA Pet Adoption Center.

The clinic is from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Wednesday, January 23, 2013.

The Tompkins County SPCA is located at 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 (Town of Dryden).