Public Health & Nursing

By partnering with the family and community, Washington County Public Health Service has a commitment to maximize the quality of life for all – through intervention to eliminate the causes of poor health, education to improve health of families and the community and provision of support necessary to maintain a healthy Washington County.

Washington County Annex Building (click image for directions)

Washington County Annex Building

Public Health Reports

Every 3 years Washington County Public Health completes a Community Health Assessment and creates a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) with the help of the Adirondack Rural Health Network (ARHN), Adirondack Health Institute (AHI) and our Healthy Community Coalition Partners.

The reports can be accessed by clicking the image below or you can visit our Health Reports Page.

2022-2024 CHA CHIP
Social Determ of Health AHI 2023
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2019 Annual Report Cover
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Moove Your Way Trails Day- Saturday, June 3, 2023

Update June 2, 2023:  Moove your Way is a GO for Saturday, June 3rd!  Weather should clear up by the time we begin, so come on over! 

Come to enjoy a portion of the beautiful Empire State/Champlain Canalway Trail for bike riding and walking, fun games, a Champlain Canal history lesson, and learn more about bike safety and what Washington County has to offer! 

This event is funded in part through the generous support of the New York State Canal Corporation and Erie Canalway Heritage Corridor

Learn more about this event here:

Commit 2 Quit

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Washington County Public Health, in partnership with North Country Nicotine Consultants, is proud to announce the creation of Commit 2 Quit. This new program will help Washington County residents stop using tobacco and nicotine products such as cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and e-cigarettes (also known as vapes or Juul). 

Commit 2 Quit will give participants the education, tools, and support they need to quit tobacco and nicotine products. This includes providing information on medication options, finding ways to control urges and withdrawal symptoms, and offering a space to discuss the highs and lows of quitting tobacco and nicotine. 

Coaching is available through either one-on-one or group sessions. Individual coaching can start at any time and be done both in person and virtually. We will also work around your schedule to best fit your needs. Group coaching runs over the course of 6 weeks and provides participants with a support network of others quitting tobacco and nicotine at the same time as them. People who use medication and coaching are twice as likely to finally quit tobacco and nicotine products than those who attempt without support.

Washington County currently has one of the highest smoking rates in New York State, with 25.1% of adults being current smokers. Tobacco and nicotine products are known to be bad for health. Chemicals in tobacco are responsible for one-third of all cancer deaths and about 90% of all lung cancer deaths. Tobacco and nicotine usage also causes some of the most common causes of death in New York, such as heart disease, strokes, and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). 

Those interested in attending the information sessions should call (518) 391-1180 or email [email protected] 

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Rabies Schedule 2023
Rabies Fort Edward 6-2023

FREE Drive- Through Rabies Clinic- BY APPOINTMENT- Registration Begins June 7th.

Registration will begin on Wednesday, June 7th  for our "Drive-Thru" Rabies Clinic on Saturday, June 17th, 2023 at the Washington County Municipal Complex, DPW Building 203, 399 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828.

New Registration Procedure will be in place.

You MUST Register Online for the clinic: Registration link will open on Wednesday, June 7th. Registration link will close on June 14th or sooner, if appointments are filled before then.

Rabies Clinics are Free, but donations are accepted. 

For More Information, or to check out the rest of the Clinic Schedule, visit our Rabies page:

We Have Safety Vests

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

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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.

Click the link below to learn more:



V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that checks in on you after your COVID-19 vaccination. Your participation helps keep COVID-19 vaccines safe — for you and for everyone.

If you got vaccinated in the last 6 weeks, you can participate in v-safe!

It takes just a few minutes to register and get started. All you need is your smartphone and information about the COVID-19 vaccine you received. This information can be found on your vaccination record card. If you cannot find your card, please contact your healthcare provider.

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New York State Excelsior Pass and Excelsior Pass Plus

What is Excelsior Pass?

Excelsior Pass is secure, digital proof of your COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results.

Excelsior Pass:

  • is only accepted in New York State by participating business and venues
  • Available for negative test results (PCR Test or Antigen Test)
  • does not include COVID-19 vaccination dates and dosage information

You can print your Excelsior Pass directly from the web portal, store the Pass to the New York State Excelsior Wallet on your smartphone, and/or add the Pass to supported mobile phone wallets.

What is Excelsior Pass Plus?

Excelsior Pass Plus is a secure, digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record or negative test results. Your Pass Plus provides safe access to your vaccination information, and includes vaccine type, site, and date of your vaccination, just like your paper CDC Card. It can also provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR Test Pass (valid until midnight on the third day after a test) or a negative COVID-19 Antigen Test Pass (valid for 6 hours from the time of a test). The inclusion of this health information enables interested New Yorkers to have a verifiable record of their COVID-19 vaccination history or negative COVID-19 test at their fingertips, for record-keeping and/or usage outside of New York State.

You can print your Excelsior Pass Plus directly from the web portal and/or store the Pass Plus to the New York State Wallet App on your smartphone.

Visit the New York State Department o Health's Website to learn more:

COVID Testing

You can try your Primary Care Provider or check out NYSDOH's COVID Testing site page. You can search for sites near your zipcode.

Washington County PCR Test Site

In coordination with Quadrant Biosciences, Washington County will host a COVID-19 test site (featuring the lab confirmed PCR test, results typically received 48 hours after the test) at Washington County Public Health, 415 Lower Main Street, Hudson Falls NY. 

Testing will be BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, Monday-Friday at our Public Health office based on appointment availability. 

After you have scheduled your test by calling our Public Health team at 518-746-2400, you should get an email from Quadrant with a link to create a profile.  Please complete your profile before showing up to the test site!  

The test is an oral swab. Please remember the following:

*Do not brushed your teeth or used mouthwash for an hour before your test.

*Do not eat or drink anything, including mints, gum or lozenges or smoke or used smokeless tobacco products for 30 minutes before your test.

Schedule your appointment for your COVID-19 PCR test at our site by calling our Public Health Team at 518-746-2400! 

"At-Home" Test Kits Available

We have COVID-19 "At-Home" test kits for pick-up available at a few of our Washington County Facilities, Monday-Friday during business hours (8:30am-4:30pm)

  • Washington County Public Health, 415 Lower Main Street, Hudson Falls, NY 12839
  • Washington County Municipal Center (Building B Entrance), 399 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828. 

FDA Issues Shelf Life Extensions to Some "At-Home" COVID-19 Test Kits

  • IHEALTH "AT HOME" COVID-19 TESTS (These are the tests we distributed (and still are) with the white / orange boxes)
  • FDA Extension Letter:
  • iHealth Expiration Date Extension Lot # Search:
  • Note: Most of the iHealth tests with Lot # 223CO20114 set to expire 07/13/2022, which have been extended to 1/13/2023.  Lot # 222CO20121, with expiration date 7/20/22 have been extended to 1/20/2023.

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.

Basic Information for All Consumers

FAQ for Residents and Homeowners

Checklist for Residents and Homeowners (PDF, 155KB, 2pg)

Disinfecting Water at Home



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.

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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:

Economic Development

The Economic Development has posted important information related to State and Federal business help during CV-19 on their web page:

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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.


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.

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