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Communicable Diseases

Communicable Disease Prevention

Diseases that are spread from person to person are called communicable diseases.  This program routinely investigates and aids in the prevention of the spread of reportable communicable diseases through investigation and education by Prevention Nurses Team and Environmental Health Staff.   This involves interaction with county residents, medical facilities, nursing homes, local physicians, and other county health departments.

Communicable Disease Reporting Requirements

The following is a list of some common diseases with links to further information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information on diseases and conditions please refer to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and the NYS Department of Health website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

NOTICE: The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed by the state though the regional hubs to local hospitals. Our role in vaccinations is still unfolding. We do not have vaccine at this time and we will send out vaccine information as soon as it becomes available to us.

  • At this time the local health department has not received vaccine to give shots to people in the Phase 1B Group.
  • You can check with local pharmacies to see when they will be receiving vaccine.
  • Check our website and Facebook page for updates. Vaccine is still in a limited supply.
  • You can email us at: COVID19@co.chenango.ny.us. Provide us with your name, email address, phone number, where you work, and job title. When we receive vaccine, we will email you a link to schedule an appointment.

    COVID-19 Vaccine - Weblinks

  • Phases for vaccine distribution
  • Information about the vaccines
  • Common Patient Questions
  • Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Immunization Action Coalition
  • Mayo Clinic Vaccine information
  • Mayo Clinic Myths Debunked

    COVID-19 Vaccine - Press Release

  • 01/05/2021 - COVID-19: Vaccine Press Release Phase 1
  • 12/01/2020 - COVID-19: Vaccine Preparedness

    COVID-19 General Information

    COVID-19 Daily Updates

  • Searching Testing Sites by Zip Code
  • Daily up-to-date COVID-19 numbers are posted on Chenango County's Public Health Facebook page. Please like us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChenangoLHD/
  • Questions and concerns can be sent to: covid19@co.chenango.ny.us

    COVID-19 Q&A Zoom Videos

  • Chenango County COVID-19 Q&A Forum #1
  • Chenango County COVID-19 Q&A Forum #2

    COVID-19 Publications

  • CDC Coronavirus Information
  • Cleaning COVID-19
  • COVID-19 General Building Cleaning Guidance
  • COVID-19 Publications Tool Kit
  • How to Wash Hands Effectively
  • Pandemic Preparedness
  • Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19
  • Steps to Protect Yourself From Illness
  • WHO 2019 Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Information
  • DIY Cloth Face Covering Instructions

    New York State COVID-19 Information

  • Novel Coronavirus - What New Yorkers Should Know (YouTube Link) - Also available in the following languages: Cantonese & Mandarin
  • Novel Coronavirus - A message from New York State's Health Commissioner (YouTube Link) - Also available in the following languages: Cantonese, Simplified Chinese, & Korean
  • NYS COVID-19 Message (YoutTube Link)
  • NYS COVID-19 Update Message (YouTube Link)
  • NYSDOH 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Information
  • Clothmasks - 4/10/2020

    Chenango County Notices & Memo

  • Employer Guide COVID-19 - No Date
  • Chenango County COVID-19 General Announcement - 3/2/2020
  • Facility Operators Memo - 3/10/2020
  • Food Service Memo - 3/10/2020
  • Easter Passover Holiday Notice - 4/10/2020
  • Reminder to Care For Your Health Notice - 4/30/2020
  • Gradual Opening Phase 1 Notice - 5/13/2020
  • Corona Virus Press Release Update - 6/3/2020
  • Patrons Responsibility When Dining Out - 6/22/2020

    Chenango County COVID-19 Press Release

  • 01/05/2021 - COVID-19: Vaccine Press Release Phase 1
  • 12/01/2020 - COVID-19: Vaccine Preparedness
  • 12/01/2020 - COVID-19: Building Our Contact Tracing Capacity
  • 11/12/2020 - COVID-19: Make a Plan to be Safe From COVID-19 during the Holidays
  • 11/06/2020 - COVID-19: The Importance of Knowing Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19
  • 09/18/2020 - COVID-19: The Importance of Getting Flu Vaccination This Year
  • 07/24/2020 - COVID-19: Park Place and Broad Street Tavern Public Notice Press Release
  • 07/15/2020 - COVID-19: Thank You and Remain Diligent Notice
  • 06/03/2020 - COVID-19: Corona Virus Press Release Update
  • 04/14/2020 - COVID-19: Patience and Sacrifice Press release
  • 04/04/2020 - COVID-19: Public Release of Information
  • 03/30/2020 - COVID-19: Travel Press Release
  • 03/30/2020 - COVID-19: Testing Press Release
  • 03/08/2020 - COVID-19: No Need to Panic Public Release


  • Bassett Healthcare: Call 607-547-5555 or go to https://www.bassett.org/covid-19
  • UHS Nurse Direct: Call 607-763-5555 or go to https://www.nyuhs.org/
  • Upstate University Hospital Opens CNY Regional Triage Line for COVID-19
  • NYSDOH 2019-nCoV Public Hotline: New Yorker’s can call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms
  • Dr. Cohen COVID-19 Radio Message

    COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

  • Chenango COVID-19 For Employees
  • Chenango COVID-19 Q&A Part 1
  • Chenango COVID-19 Q&A Part 2
  • Chenango COVID-19 Q&A Part 3
  • Chenango COVID-19 Q&A Part 4