Public Health & Nursing
What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
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New York State Excelsior Pass
Excelsior Pass provides a free, fast and secure way to present digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results.
Visit the New York State Department o Health's Website to learn more:
Drive-Thru Rabies Clinic - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Washington County Public Health will hold a "Drive-Thru" Rabies Clinic By Appointment Only on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the Washington County DPW (Building #203) at the Municipal Complex, 399 Broadway, , Fort Edward, NY.
You MUST Register for the clinic: Registration will take place April 21, 2021 through April 23,2021 8:30am-3:30pm by calling 518-746-2411 or emailing name & contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org to leave a message for an appointment. (A confirmation email with appointment time will be sent back.)
Registration will end on April 23, 2021 at 3:30pm or sooner, if appointments are filled before then.
- You MUST have a scheduled appointment. (Confirmation will be send to email.)
- After appointment is scheduled, Pet owners must provide proof of previous vaccination to Public Health before April 23, 2021. Proof of previous rabies vaccination is required to get a 3-year rabies certificate, otherwise a 1-year rabies certificate will be issued.
- Pet owners must wear a mask at all times.
- Pet owners should not arrive more than 5 minutes before their scheduled appointment time.
- Pet owners must stay in their vehicles until instructed otherwise. (Cannot get out to walk pet around and pet(s) should relieve themselves prior to arriving at clinic site.)
- All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.
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We have been getting a lot of calls lately asking for COVID testing sites.
You can try your Primary Care Provider or check out NYSDOH's COVID Testing site page. You can search for sites near your zipcode.
COVID-19 Incubation Timeline
The timeline below is from Michigan's District Health Department #10.
It shows the importance of staying home, even if you've been tested after an exposure.
Have COVID Questions?
Individuals who have questions about COVID or about eligibility/access for testing should call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website: https://covid19screening.health.ny.gov
Looking for a Testing Site?
You can search for testing sites new your by Zipcode at the NYSDOH website: Find a Testing Site Near You
Boiling Water and Emergency Disinfection
Information for Consumers
Boiling water is a very effective way to disinfect unsafe water and make it ready to drink, and the public may be directed to boil their water if a condition occurs that could contaminate drinking water with microbiological organisms. Boiling water sounds simple enough, but protecting yourself and your family can be more complicated than it first appears.
Checklist for Residents and Homeowners (PDF, 155KB, 2pg)
2-1-1 is the one number to call to find or give help in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington counties.
2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember telephone number to call for free and confidential community referral that connects callers with resources providing food, shelter, rent assistance, clothing, child care options and other types of community assistance. Trained referral specialists are multi-lingual and available to help individuals find the help they need.
Whatever the need, the 2-1-1 Call Center has the information and expertise to make the right connections.
New York State Office of Mental Health COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline
Are you experiencing anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency? Office of Mental health is there to help.
- Call: 1-844-863-9314
- Text: Got5 to 741741
- Visit : https://omh.ny.gov/
Addiction and Support
Addiction doesn’t take time off, and neither does the Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS). If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction to alcohol, substances, or gambling, treatment is available all across New York State.
Smoking/vaping or the use of opioids or methamphetamines have an affect on your lungs. Continued use can make some NYers more vulnerable if exposed to COVID-19.
Call New York State’s Hopeline at 1-877-846-7369. Text: 467369.
The Hopeline is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
All calls are toll-free, anonymous and confidential.
Hopeline staff can answer your questions and help you find treatment in your area. Information and resources are also available on their website: OASAS.ny.gov
The Economic Development has posted important information related to State and Federal business help during CV-19 on their web page:
Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative
The Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to providing free support services to caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren and Washington Counties is continuing to support and provide services to caregivers through alternative methods. Teleconferences, video chats, and telephone support are being offered for support groups, care consultations, and educational workshops.
Caregivers who are looking for support are encouraged to contact their Care Navigator for more information. Click here to visit the initiative’s website for a contact list.
Washington County Public Health has partnered with local EMS, Police and Fire Departments to provide Reflective Safety Vests to Washington County Residents.
You are more likely to be seen when wearing a reflector than any color clothing. (See Chart for Colors and distances.)
Click here to get the Safety Vest Program:Safety Vest Program Flyer Opens a New Window.
ServNY is New York States’ standardized volunteer registration program for disasters, and public health emergencies. Its goal to help local Volunteer Coordinators and the State Volunteer Coordinator manage events and to eliminate issues that arise when mobilizing healthcare and nonhealthcare volunteers during an emergency response.
Licensed health care professionals willing to respond to a disaster—either locally, statewide, or across the nation—are strongly encouraged to register with ServNY.
Registering before the need arises is important, as credentials are verified upon registration and periodically thereafter. This helps to ensure that when a community needs extra hands, those hands are qualified to provide the appropriate care.To register for ServNY, go to https://apps.health.ny.gov/pub/servny/ Opens a New Window.