The county encourages residents to continue working together to maintain healthy communities

The county encourages residents to continue working together to maintain healthy communities

September 12, 2022

The Oswego County Health Department reported that 295 residents tested positive for the virus from Monday, Sept. 5 to Sunday, Sept. 11. This is up slightly from last week and includes confirmed lab and home tests.

“It’s important that everyone continues to work together to keep our communities safe and healthy,” said Oswego County Interim Public Health Director Vera Dunsmoor. “Those who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate at home for five days and continue to wear a mask for another five days after that. Those who have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 or who have a weakened immune system should consult their health care provider before ending isolation.

“Vaccination can help reduce your chances of contracting the virus and the severity of your symptoms if you do,” she added. “And don’t forget tried and true health measures like face masks and frequent hand washing when it comes to limiting the spread of germs.”

The following report reflects the breakdown of data collected from Monday, September 5 to Sunday, September 11:

  • Number of laboratory tests/provider: 1510
  • Number of laboratory/provider positive cases: 223
  • Percentage of laboratory/provider positive cases: 14.77%
  • Number of positive home test results: 72

In addition, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) reported four more deaths related to COVID-19 in the past week, bringing the total to 206. “It’s always sad to hear about the loss of friends and neighbors. ours,” said Dunsmoor. “We would like to express our sincere condolences to their families and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Eight Oswego County residents who were hospitalized between Sunday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 10 have also tested positive for COVID-19. Hospitalization numbers are not part of a running total. For hospitalization details such as age group and vaccination status, go to the Oswego County COVID-19 Dashboard at https://oswegogis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/3fd162cd12264b418dc03bdebd7f5300.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oswego County’s community level remains at “moderate.” The agency and NYSDOH continue to recommend that people keep their COVID-19 vaccines up to date and get tested if they have symptoms. Additionally, the CDC advises people who are at high risk for serious illness to talk to their health care provider about whether they should wear a mask or take other precautions.

The Oswego County Health Department offers weekly vaccination clinics at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego. Clinics operate every Tuesday afternoon from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. by appointment only. An additional clinic operates from 9am to 11am and from 1pm to 3pm on the second Wednesday of the month.

Vaccines against COVID-19 are available for children 6 months and older as well as adults at these clinics; however, there will be no booster shots this Wednesday, September 14th. A booster clinic offering the Pfizer bivalent vaccine is scheduled from 1 to 3 pm on Wednesday, September 28 for those ages 12 and older. Those requiring a bivalent booster should have had their last primary series vaccine or booster at least two months prior.

Walk-ins are accepted on Wednesdays, but people are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to avoid waiting times and ensure the vaccine will be available. Go to: health.oswegocounty.com/vaccines.

Face masks are required at all county clinics and home testing kits for COVID-19 will be distributed to those who will be vaccinated while supplies last. Vaccines are also available at local pharmacies and health care providers’ offices.

The Oswego County Office on Aging can help those age 60 and older who need help navigating the Internet to make appointments for county clinics. Call 315-349-3484.

Free transportation is provided to residents to get to the COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites through a partnership between Oswego County and Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. Tours are available from 6am to 7pm Monday to Friday. Call 315-598-1514 to schedule a ride in advance.

People are encouraged to take the following measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases:

  • Stay home if you are sick and keep your children home if they are sick.
  • Get vaccinated and keep your vaccinations up to date.
  • Wear a suitable mask.
  • Stay six feet away from others.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Test to prevent spreading the virus to others.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Follow isolation and quarantine recommendations.

For more information, go to the Oswego County Health Department’s COVID-19 page at https://health.oswegocounty.com/COVID-19 or call its COVID-19 hotline at 315-349-3330. Callers may need to leave a message and a staff member will return the call.

Residents should contact their medical providers directly for personal medical advice regarding COVID-19 and vaccinations or booster shots.

For information about emotional support, visit the Oswego County Department of Social Services Division of Mental Hygiene at www.oswegocounty.com/mentalhygiene.

Pursuant to the New York State Public Health Law, the Oswego County Health Department is the local public health authority regarding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic within Oswego County. The Oswego County Health Department works closely with the New York State Department of Health regarding the monitoring, response and reporting of COVID-19.

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