Free STD Testing Now Offered in Putnam County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 14, 2012
Contact: Barbara Ilardi, Public Information Officer, (845) 808-1390

Free STD Testing Now Offered in Putnam County

Brewster, NY— Nearly 19 million new sexually transmitted disease (STD) infections occur each year, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These include diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. Many of these cases go undetected and untreated because less than half of those, who should be screened, actually get tested. Men and women of all ages, backgrounds and economic levels get STDs, but almost half of new cases are among young people, ages 15 to 24. Now Putnam residents have a new place to get tested— and without a fee. Beginning September 20, the Putnam County Department of Health will be offering a free STD testing program.

Testing will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays at two Putnam County Department of Health locations—121 Main Street in the Village of Brewster and at the main office at One Geneva Road, near the intersection of Route 312 and Interstate 84. Free anonymous and confidential HIV testing is also available at the same time for residents’ convenience. Appointments are preferred and those interested should call 845-808-1390, x43114. Tuberculosis (TB) testing is also available for at-risk individuals.

STDs are one of the most critical health challenges facing the nation today. Many types initially cause no symptoms, especially in females. When symptoms do develop, they may be confused with those of other diseases not transmitted through sexual contact. Without treatment, STDs can lead to major
health problems such as sterility, permanent brain damage, cancers, and even death. Having an STD can also increase a person’s susceptibility to HIV infection. These facts and statistics highlight the importance of testing for and treating STDs.

The Health Department’s mission is to improve and protect the health of Putnam County residents through prevention of illness and injury. For more information, please visit our website at www.putnamcountyny.com; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

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Recall of Ricotta Salata Frescolina Brand for Possible Health Risk

Recall of Ricotta Salata Frescolina Brand for Possible Health Risk

Frescolina ricotta salata cheese has been tied to an outbreak of listeria that has hospitalized 14 people and killed 3 across the country.
Deaths were reported in Minnesota, Nebraska and New York.

Forever Cheese Inc. is recalling all Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand, Forever Cheese lot # T9425 and/or production code 441202,  from one specific production date due to possible Listeria Monocytogenes contamination, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Ricotta salata is a salty white cheese made from pasteurized sheep’s milk. It is often served crumbed or grated as an ingredient in salads, pastas and other dishes. It is not the same as ricotta cheese, a very soft cheese sold in plastic tubs and used for dishes such as lasagna.

If you believe that you have purchased any of this cheese please contact your distributor or retailer for a full refund and do not consume it.

 

For more details, click here [  http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm318844.htm?source=govdelivery ]

September is National Preparedness Month: Putnam County Supports Ninth Annual Observance

September is National Preparedness Month: Putnam County Supports Ninth Annual Observance

 Brewster, NY- National Preparedness Month (NPM) is held each September to encourage Americans to prepare for disasters or emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities. Supported by County Executive MaryEllen Odell and her office, the Bureau of Emergency Services (BES) and the Department of Health (DOH), this year’s month-long effort marks the ninth edition of the annual observance, established in response to the events of September 11. The event is sponsored by FEMA’s Ready Campaign in partnership with the Citizens Corps Council, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown safety. Putnam County’s Medical Reserve Corps is a part of this national organization. With its more than 250 members, it is a crucial addition to the county’s emergency response plan.

The key messages for individuals during NPM are preparation and self-reliance. Residents should be prepared to manage three days without utilities including electricity and water, and access to supermarkets or other local services. Residents should also be prepared for the possibility of limited response from police, fire, and emergency medical services or rescue, as they may need to focus first on large, widespread problems.

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The Putnam County BES, in collaboration with the county DOH, stress the importance of being prepared for any type of emergency—be it a weather-related natural disaster, like the

October 2011 snow storm, or a man-made catastrophe like September 11. The following suggestions are offered as a start for individuals and families to plan their preparedness:

  • Stock a first aid kit and emergency supplies to meet your family’s needs for three days at minimum. Make sure every family member knows where these supplies are stored.
  • Have a battery-operated radio, with back-up batteries. Listen to media reports for up-to-date information. WHUD (100.7 FM Radio) and WFAS (103.9 FM, 1230AM Radio) provide local information. On television, News Channel 12 Hudson Valley provides the local view.
  • Make sure at least one phone will operate without electricity. If you use a cordless phone, have a spare, hard-wired phone to plug directly into the phone jack, typically on the wall. With cell phones, have a car charger available for recharging purposes.
  • Keep important phone numbers written down and available by each phone in the house.
  • Know the best escape route from each room in the house.
  • Plan locations where family members will meet in case they cannot get home. One spot should be near your home, another should be outside your neighborhood.
  • Review and be familiar with your child’s school emergency plan.

 

Specialized services: NY-Alert, Medical Reserve Corp, and 2-1-1

In times of emergency, specialized services can make all the difference in individual and family safety. New York Alert, the Putnam County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and the 2-1-1 Call Center are some examples of free available resources.

NY-Alert is the New York State All-Hazards Alert and Notification system committed to providing current information about risks, threats and appropriate responses. With a free sign-up,

residents can receive warnings and information via their cell phone, email, web or other technologies. Personal information is completely protected and never shared. The selected alerts

can be modified or cancelled at any time by the subscriber. For more information, visit: www.nyalert.gov

The Medical Reserve Corps supports the health and well-being of county residents during a time of public health emergency, or in the event of a disaster. The organization recruits

and trains volunteers year-round and those who serve in the group come from all walks of life. MRC volunteers are not first responders during a disaster. While some may have strong medical qualifications, others contribute by serving as interpreters or with data entry or patient registration. Each volunteer is an asset to the program and new recruits are always needed and welcomed. For more information, call 845-808-1390 and ask for Keiren Farquhar, MRC Coordinator.

The United Way’s 2-1-1 Call Center is available year-round, seven days a week from 8 am to 8 pm, and can be expanded to 24/7 coverage during times of disaster. This helpline can be reached by simply pressing 2-1-1 on the phone and call specialists provide “one-stop” access to information and referrals to health and human services organizations most appropriate for each caller. Specialists are available to communicate in more than 200 languages.

Numerous other resources exist to assist individuals and families plan their preparedness. Emergency preparedness has vastly improved during the last decade. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of these resources. Please visit FEMA’swww.ready.gov, or BES website at www.pcbes.org. Another helpful resource is the website of the Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/features/beready/.

08-16-12 PCDOH Reminds Families to Make Sure That Children Get Required Vaccinations

Parents are preparing for the start of school, students are leaving for college and flu season
is approaching. The Putnam County Department of Health is reminding parents that all children
must receive certain vaccinations before they begin or return to school or day care this fall, depending
on their age and school year. “Vaccinations are the safest and most effective way to prevent
childhood disease,” said Allen Beals, M.D., J.D., Commissioner of Health.

To see this Full Press Realease, Click Here.

News 12 Tappan Zee Story Featuring County Executive MaryEllen Odell

Our County Executive MaryEllen Odell was recently interviewed by News 12 of Westchester County about the Tappan Zee Bridge. Take a look at the video from News 12 to find out more about this story.

Click here to view the footage

2012 County Health Ranking

2012 County Health Ranking

The County Health Rankings is the most comprehensive report of its kind to rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states.  The report uses a standard way to measure how healthy people are and how long they live. The County Health Rankings report helps residents understand how certain factors, such as where they live, learn, work and play influences how healthy they are and how long they live.  This is the third year the report has been published and Putnam County continued to be ranked number one in health outcomes.

How to protect Men from High Blood Pressure

1 in 3 American men has high blood pressure. Do you know if you’re at risk? What can you do to protect yourself from a stroke or heart attack?
Million Hearts Million Hearts is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next 5 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are the co-leaders of Million Hearts within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, wo…

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Be aware of Lyme Disease during the Summer

Warm weather brings more people outdoors and as a result Lyme disease cases tend to increase in the spring and summer. But Lyme is not the only infection one can get from a tick bite. Protect yourself and your family. Learn more about Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses from the American Lyme Disease Foundation @ www.aldf.com

Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic, July 21st

Bring your dogs, cats and ferrets!
A FREE Rabies Vaccination Clinic for pets of Putnam County residents will be held on Saturday, July 21, from 10 am to 12 pm at Hubbard Lodge, 2920 Route 9 in Cold Spring, NY. Bring photo ID as proof of Pu…tnam County residency and proof of prior rabies vaccination. (Tags are not acceptable. Without prior vaccination documentation, pets will receive a one-year vaccine.) Dogs must be leashed, and cats and ferrets in carriers. Please call 845-808-1390, x 43127.
http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/

Join MRC Today!

The Putnam County Department of Health is pleased to announce the creation of the Putnam County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). The purpose of the MRC is to recruit and train volunteers to support the county in the event of a disaster, whether the result of terrorism or natural causes.

Are you interested in joining the MRC? Click HERE to find out how!