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Public Health Hazard Announced by Monroe County

Written by on June 8, 2023

Dr. Michael Mendoza, the Public Health Commissioner for Monroe County, announced a public health hazard on Wednesday morning due to the ongoing issue of wildfire smoke from Canada blanketing a substantial portion of New York state.Dr. Mendoza cautioned that the environmental circumstances may further worsen prior to showing signs of improvement.

Dr. Mendoza stated: “I am recommending everyone remain indoors as much as possible, with windows and doors closed to limit exposure to outdoor air. If you go outside for a brief period, I encourage you to wear a high quality mask and avoid physical activity…Generally speaking, people with chronic lung or heart conditions, older adults, children and teenagers, pregnant women and outdoor workers are most at-risk for adverse health effects from wildfire smoke. However, when the AQI reaches 200 or above (Purple/Brown), all of us are at elevated risk. If you have specific concerns about wildfire smoke and your health, please contact your primary care provider.”

Source: 13 Wham

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