Positive cases of COVID-19 continue to decline

September 6, 2022

The Oswego County Health Department announced positive COVID-19 cases were down slightly from last week. Counting both lab and home confirmed tests, 264 residents tested positive for the virus from Monday August 29 to Sunday September 4.

The following report reflects the breakdown of data collected during this period:

  • Number of laboratory/supplier tests: 1,514
  • Number of positive cases in laboratory/supplier: 221
  • Percentage of positive cases in laboratory/supplier: 14.60%
  • Number of positive home test results: 43

Nine Oswego County residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 between Sunday August 28 and Saturday September 3. The new hospitalization figures are not part of a running total of hospitalizations. For hospitalization details such as age ranges and vaccination status, access 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 is “average.” The agency and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) 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 at high risk for serious illness to speak with their healthcare provider about whether they should wear a mask or take other precautions.

Residents can keep their COVID-19 vaccinations up to date at one of the County Health Department’s weekly vaccination clinics. COVID-19 vaccines are available for children 6 months and older as well as adults at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

The clinics operate every Tuesday afternoon from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. by appointment only. An additional clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. Walk-in visits are accepted on Wednesdays, but people are strongly encouraged to go to health.oswegocounty.com/vaccines to schedule an appointment to avoid wait times.

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

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

Free transportation is provided for residents to travel to COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites through a partnership between Oswego County and Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. Rides are available between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday see you on Friday. Call 315-598-1514 to plan a ride in advance.

Residents are asked to continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Get vaccinated and keep your COVID-19 vaccinations up to date.
  • Stay home if you are sick and keep your children home if they are sick.
  • Wear a properly fitted 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, visit 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 on COVID-19 and vaccinations or boosters.

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

Under New York State Public Health Law, the Oswego County Health Department is the local public health authority for the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the county of Oswego. The Oswego County Health Department is working closely with the New York State Department of Health regarding COVID-19 surveillance, response, and reporting.

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