OFFICIALS: Horse killed by West Nile Virus in Cayuga County

According to the Cayuga County Health Department, a horse at the southern end of the county died from West Nile Virus. The virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, can go symptomless in humans. According to the numbers, 8 out of 10 people do not exhibit symptoms of the virus. The department was notified by the state Department of Health about... more

Medication drop off event coming to Victor on Oct. 28th

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County, an initiative of the Partnership for Ontario County, are pleased to announce the next Prescription Drug Take Back Day for Saturday, October 28th at the Victor Village Hall from 10 am until 2 pm. The purpose of this event is to collect and properly dispose of... more

SBH opens new regional open access center for addiction

Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare’s (SBH) Integrated Outpatient Clinic is opening a Regional Open Access Center for Addiction (ROACA), providing open access assessments and evaluations 24 hours a day, seven days a week to individuals seeking immediate assistance for substance use disorder. The ROACA provides individuals in Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison, Cortland, Oneida and Oswego counties with screening and assessment to determine an... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Talking weight loss in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

On Episode #74 of the Inside the FLX Podcast Josh Durso was joined by Brad Jones, along with two successful graduates of the Ideal Weigh Protocol Diet, which has taken the region by storm. The trio discussed the benefits of the program, how little time is required once in the program, and their own stories. Combined the two graduates of... more

Cayuga County coroner warns drug overdose deaths on the rise

Something deadly is going around Cayuga County, causing more drug overdoses and deaths than the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office and county coroner have seen in a while. Coroner Adam Duckett said he saw four overdose deaths in the past seven to 10 days, all unrelated and spread across the county from Aurora, to Cato, to Auburn. It concerned him so... more

Tickmaggedon? Maybe not, but Lyme disease DID surge this summer

As the Lyme disease season enters its autumn phase, it appears that predictions the bacterial illness would spike this year have so far been somewhat accurate. But Tickmaggedon it was not, at least not in the Rochester region. Social media was abuzz this past spring with contentions that deer ticks, the tiny bugs that transmit Lyme disease, would be especially... more

URMC study shows early school start times may increase depression, anxiety

The time a child starts school could have an impact on their health. A study from the University of Rochester Medical Center suggests that students whose school starts before 8:30 in the morning are at a higher risk of anxiety and depression than those whose start time is later. According to the study, about 90 percent of high school aged... more

Forum on Medically Assisted Treatment Options within our community

The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County, an initiative of the Partnership for Ontario County, is partnering with the Finger Lakes Community College Chemical Dependency Department to host a forum on Medically Assisted Treatment Programs within our community. As drug overdose deaths rise throughout the region, we invite you to learn more about treatment options and more specifically about... more

Auburn Community Hospital nurses call for increase in staffing

Dozens of people filled the Regional Economic Center building of Cayuga Community College Tuesday night in support of Auburn Community Hospital nurses seeking an increase in staffing and safer working conditions. Some spoke before Cayuga County legislators during the body's full meeting, asking for their support as the nurses represented by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East negotiate a new contract... more

Battling heroin, from all sides in the Finger Lakes

Even a mom with a career in mental health and addiction treatment couldn’t save her son from heroin. “I am helping people in their darkest hour. But I never thought this darkness would strike my own son,” said Rachel Bruzee, whose advocacy for families in crisis took on a new urgency when she nearly lost her son, Nicholas, 26, to... more

Union blasts Auburn Community Hospital over staffing, contract

For the past year and a half, Ken Spurgeon said, Auburn Community Hospital has been short-staffed. The vice chair of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Spurgeon has worked as a registered nurse at ACH for nearly 20 years. Now, he said, he is becoming increasingly concerned about staffing levels at the hospital. Spurgeon will be one of three ACH employees... more

Yates is ‘high need’ county for treatment

Yates County’s opioid addiction treatment programs and others across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions are among serving 16 high-needs counties receiving the bulk of $25.2 million in federal funding to enhance treatment services for people struggling with opioid use disorders. Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency (FLACRA) will receive $1.4 million, and Trinity of Chemung County will... more

PREVENTING SUICIDE: Coalition talks about different groups (podcast series)

Suicide reaches far. Even in rural communities like those here in the Finger Lakes — the impact of suicide can be felt, like a ripple throughout the community. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition is a newly-formed entity working to bring awareness, and eliminate suicide completely. While there are a host of contributing factors that bring this type of issue... more

Gala brings in over $120K for Thompson Hospital

The annual Gala recently hosted by UR Medicine Thompson Health raised more than $120,000 to benefit the new Observation Unit and a telemetry fetal monitor at Thompson Hospital. Held Sept. 8 at the Inn on the Lake in Canandaigua, with music by The Skycoasters, the sold-out event had more than 300 people in attendance. The majority of the money raised... more

FL Community Health gets $175K grant

Finger Lakes Community Health has been awarded a $175,700 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant was announced by Rep. Tom Reed, R-23 of Corning, whose district includes Yates County. Finger Lakes Community Health, based in Penn Yan, was founded in 1989 as a provider of health care for agricultural workers. A federally qualified health... more

FLACRA gets $1.4 million

Sixteen counties in New York have been called the most severely affected in the state when it comes to the heroin and opioid crisis. Unfortunately, Yates and Ontario counties are on that list. In an effort to help more people struggling with addiction in those counties, state officials have announced the rollout of $25.2 million in federal funding for New... more

Newark grad part of CDC’s ‘disease detectives’

Sharon Sweet knew early on that Robyn Cree was something special. “The first thing I figured out is what a quality person she is,” said the retired Newark Central School District teacher, who lives in Penn Yan. Then there were Cree’s smarts. “She was one of those who was a little harder to challenge,” Sweet recalled. Cree, a 2005 graduate... more

Cuomo: Cayuga, other NY counties get $25M to fight opioid addiction

Sixteen New York counties, including Cayuga, will receive a share of more than $25 million in federal funding to combat opioid addiction, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday. Treatment programs that serve the upstate New York counties will be awarded up to $16 million, according to the governor’s office. The grants include $1.8 million for Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare, which offers inpatient... more
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