Health Ministry reports first decrease in COVID-19 cases in past month

October 10, 2022

The Oswego County Health Department announced today, October 10, that the number of new COVID-19 cases has declined for the first time since mid-September. Last week, 478 residents tested positive for COVID-19. This includes confirmed lab and home test results from Monday, October 3 through Sunday, October 9.

The breakdown of data collected during this period is as follows:

  • Number of laboratory/supplier tests: 2,061
  • Number of laboratory/supplier positive cases: 373
  • Percentage of positive cases in laboratory/supplier: 18.10%
  • Number of positive home test results: 105

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) also reported another death related to COVID-19 last week, bringing the total to 212. Acting Director of Public Health for Oswego County, Vera Dunsmoor said it’s always difficult to report the loss of a neighbor. . “We send our condolences to the family and friends of this resident.”

The health department reminds residents to report positive COVID-19 home test results and exposures on its online portal. People can also upload isolation/quarantine documents requested by schools and employers. Go to and click on the appropriate link.

Oswego County’s COVID-19 community level remains “high,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency and NYSDOH are now recommending people wear a face mask in indoor public places, stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, and get tested if they have symptoms.

Residents who test positive are encouraged to notify any close contacts. The close contact should wear a properly fitted mask for 10 days (with day one starting the day after their last exposure) and self-monitor for symptoms. Contacts should test for COVID-19 on day six, unless they develop symptoms earlier. Those who develop symptoms should isolate at home and test for COVID-19. They must stay home until they receive their test results. If they test positive, they should continue to self-isolate at home for at least five days. If negative, they should continue taking precautions until day 10.

The Oswego County Health Department offers weekly immunization clinics at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego. Every Tuesday, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., staff administer general vaccinations for children and adults, including COVID-19 vaccines.

On Wednesday, October 12, the health department is offering a dedicated clinic for first, second, and booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be available for people aged 6 months and older and the Moderna vaccine. will be available for ages 12 and up. From 1 to 3 p.m., Pfizer-BioNTech dual boosters will be available for ages 12 and up.

Appointments are required for all doses at all clinics to avoid wait times and ensure vaccines will be available. Go to:

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 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

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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