County encourages residents to continue working together to maintain healthy communities

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 September 5 through Sunday September 11. That’s up slightly from last week and includes both confirmed lab and home testing.

“It’s important that everyone continues to work together to keep our communities safe and healthy,” said Vera Dunsmoor, acting director of public health for Oswego County. “Those who test positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate at home for five days and continue to wear a mask for another five days after that. People hospitalized with COVID-19 or with compromised immune systems should consult with their health care provider before ending isolation.

“Getting vaccinated can help reduce both your chances of getting the virus and the severity of symptoms if you do,” she added. “And don’t forget proven health measures like wearing a face mask and washing your hands frequently when it comes to limiting the spread of germs.”

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

  • Number of laboratory/supplier tests: 1,510
  • Number of laboratory/supplier positive cases: 223
  • Percentage of laboratory/supplier positive cases: 14.77%
  • Number of positive home test results: 72

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

Eight Oswego County residents who were hospitalized between Sunday, September 10 and Saturday, September 10 have also tested positive for COVID-19. Hospitalization counts are not part of a running total. 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 remains at “average.” 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 at high risk for serious illness to speak with their healthcare provider about whether they should wear a mask or take other precautions.

The Oswego County Health Department offers weekly immunization clinics 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.

COVID-19 vaccines are available for children aged 6 months and older as well as adults at these clinics; however, there will be no encores available this Wednesday, September 14. A booster clinic offering the bivalent Pfizer vaccine is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 for people ages 12 and older. Those requesting a bivalent booster must have received their last primary series vaccine or their last booster vaccine at least two months previously.

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

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.

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

  • Stay home if you are sick and keep your children home if they are sick.
  • Get vaccinated and keep your vaccines up to date.
  • 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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