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You may contact the Essex County Health Department 24/7 by calling 518-873-3500.  You will always speak with a person if you call this main phone line.  During regular business hours […]

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Rabies Clinic at Chesterfield Knights of Columbus – Registration Link – 5/12/2021 Rabies Clinic at Ticonderoga Highway Department – Registration Link – 6/8/2021 Rabies Clinic at Lake Placid Horse Show […]

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Our Required Activities As a local health department we are responsible for rabies surveillance, prevention and control.  Our activities include: Following NYS Public Health Law that regulates rabies investigations for […]

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Environmental Health

Most Environmental Health Services for Essex County are conducted by a NYSDOH District Office (covering Essex, Franklin & Hamilton Counties) under the categories of: Community Environmental Health and Food Protection Environmental Health […]

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December 3, 2021FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEEssex County COVID cases higher than everElizabethtown, N.Y. – Essex County is currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, surpassing even the highest new daily case totals seen during the winter surge last year. This trend is playing out across the North Country and in other regions in New York State outside of New York City. Household and private family gatherings are spurring the majority of cases.“What makes this different from previous waves is the sustained high case numbers being reported to us each day, and the span in age of those getting more severely ill,” stated Linda Beers, Director of Public Health for the Essex County Health Department (ECHD). “It’s not just the elderly population getting severely sick or hospitalized and we’re concerned that this is only the beginning with the holidays looming”.The inevitable news of the Omicron variant turning up here in New York only further reinforces the need to continue taking measures to reduce the spread of infection. “We have safe, free, and effective vaccines that have been taken by over 200 million Americans,” Shaun Gillilland, Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors/Board of Health said. “These vaccines offer astonishingly great protection in terms of keeping people from being hospitalized or dying and we need that to be our focus,” Gillilland stressed. Getting vaccinated and boosted now, along with taking other measures, like masking indoors and testing before and after gathering, are the best ways to slow the emergence of new variants and keep everyone safe.While the news turns toward Omicron, ECHD wants residents to remember the following:1. New variants of the virus are expected to occur.2. All FDA-approved or authorized vaccines are expected to be effective against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths.3. The recent emergence of the Omicron variant further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters.The CDC recommends that everyone 5 years of age and older be vaccinated against COVID-19. Everyone 18 years of age and older is now eligible to get a booster dose. If it's been 6 months or more since your 2nd dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or 2 months or more since your J&J shot, please make an appointment today to get your booster. ECHD is offering all vaccine types and doses at our Elizabethtown office and at community clinics throughout the county. Go to our website to register: or call 518-873-3500. ... See MoreSee Less
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