Oswego County Community COVID-19 Level Remains ‘Low’ as Cases Continue to Drop

Oswego County Community COVID-19 Level Remains ‘Low’ as Cases Continue to Drop

November 28, 2022

Oswego County’s community COVID-19 level remains at “low” for the second week in a row, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

At this level, the federal agency and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) now recommend that people wear a mask if they have been exposed to COVID-19, have symptoms, or have tested positive for the virus. It is also recommended that people stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations and get tested if they have symptoms.

“Unfortunately, the state Department of Health reported one more COVID-19-related death last week, bringing the total to 220,” said Vera Dunsmoor, Oswego County acting director of public health. “It is especially difficult during this time of year and we send our condolences to the family and friends of this resident.”

The number of new cases of COVID-19 continued to decline this past week. The Oswego County Health Department reported that 56 residents tested positive for COVID-19 from Monday, November 21 through Sunday, November 27. This includes only laboratory confirmed tests. The Oswego County Health Department has verified that no positive household COVID-19 tests have been reported since Friday, November 18.

The breakdown of data collected during that time period is as follows:

  • Number of laboratory/supplier tests: 1,359
  • Number of laboratory/supplier positive cases: 56
  • Percentage of laboratory/supplier positive cases: 4.12%
  • Number of positive home test results: 0

The health department reminds residents to report positive results from home COVID-19 tests and exposures on its online portal. Individuals can also download isolation/quarantine documentation requested by schools and employers. Go to https://health.oswegocounty.com/COVID-19 and click on the appropriate link.

Residents who test positive are encouraged to notify any close contacts. The close contact should wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days (day one begins the day after their last exposure) and self-monitor for symptoms. Contacts should be tested for COVID-19 on the sixth day, unless they develop symptoms sooner. Those who develop symptoms should isolate at home and get tested for COVID-19. They should stay home until they receive their test results. If it is positive, they must continue to isolate at home for at least five days. If it is negative, they should continue to take 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 12:30-3:30 pm, staff administer general child and adult immunizations, including vaccines against COVID-19.

Appointments are required for all doses at all clinics to avoid wait times and ensure vaccines are available. Go to: health.oswegocounty.com/vaccines.

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 providers’ offices.

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

Free transportation is provided to residents to get 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 to Friday. Call 315-598-1514 to schedule 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 immunizations up to date.
  • Wear a mask that fits you well.
  • Stay six feet from others.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Test to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • 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 their 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 immunizations or booster shots.

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

Under New York State Public Health Law, the Oswego County Health Department is the local public health authority with respect to 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 COVID-19 monitoring, response, and reporting.

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