COVID-19 report for November 15, 2021 – Community News
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COVID-19 report for November 15, 2021

COVID-19 report for November 15, 2021

OSWEGO COUNTY – Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced today, Nov. 15, that 492 additional residents tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week. This brings the total cumulative number of positive cases since the province began checking for COVID-19 in March 2020 to 13,801.

Currently, there are 580 active positive cases and four more COVID-19-related deaths. “I am sorry to report that we have lost four more neighbors to this disease,” Huang said. “Their deaths are a setback in our fight against COVID-19 and our condolences go out to their families and friends.”

Oswego County medical director Christina Liepke, MD said the number of new cases has risen sharply this week. “We have almost doubled the number of new positive cases compared to last year in the same period,” she said.

“Unfortunately, these higher numbers of COVID-19 infections are also affecting our youth more now than last year,” added Dr. Get to it. “In the past eight days, there were 67 new cases in children aged 5 to 11, accounting for 12% of new infections. This compares to last year, when there were only 11 new cases during the same period, accounting for 4% of new infections during that time.

“Unfortunately, this year we were also made aware of a small number of hospitalizations in the same age group,” she continued. “I urge parents to consider vaccinating their children as we see the number of children aged 5-11 who are becoming infected and hospitalized continues to rise.”

With federal approval of the Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, the County Health Department continues to partner with ConnextCare to provide pediatric vaccination clinics in local school districts. Appointments are required at all clinics and each school district has sent links to families to apply. Parents can also call their school district office or the county’s COVID-19 hotline at 315-349-3330 to register.

The health department also works with local health care providers and pharmacies in the area to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11. Additional pediatric COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be held at Kinney Drugs in Fulton (315-593-2158; www.kinneydrugs.com); Kinney Drugs in Mexico (315-963-0601; www.kinneydrugs.com); and Walgreen’s in Fulton (315-598-2380; www.walgreens.com).

Huang reminds residents that the COVID-19 virus is still active in our province. “As a result, those who are not or not fully vaccinated are at a higher risk of contracting the disease and developing severe cases,” he said. “I encourage those who qualify for the vaccine to get their shot and help us protect our communities. By working together we can make this province safer and healthier.”

This report is current as of 1:00 PM on November 15.

  • Total positive cases currently active: 580
  • Total # of people currently in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 1,487

The following numbers are cumulative since the province began monitoring COVID-19 in March 2020. They are updated weekly to show new cases or changes. Those released will not be removed from the running total of positive cases.

  • Total number of tests performed: 320,630
  • Total # Negative Results: 302,075
  • Total # positive cases: 13,801
  • Total # Positive Cases Released: 13,103
  • Total number of deaths reported by the New York State Department of Health: 126

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available through the County Health Department, at local pharmacies and public health clinics, and through local doctors and health care providers.

The Oswego County Health Department continues to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics every Wednesday from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego. Please note that there is no clinic scheduled for Wednesday, November 24 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Next Wednesday, November 17, health department staff will administer the Pfizer (Comirnaty) and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine between 1:00 PM and 5:30 PM and the Moderna vaccine only between 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM.

This clinic includes the first, second, or third dose of the Pfizer (Comirnaty) or Moderna vaccines, the single-dose Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and the Pfizer (Comirnaty) and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson boosters. Those who are eligible for a booster must register in advance.

A separate clinic is planned for the Moderna booster. It will run from 2-5pm on Monday, November 29 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego. Advanced registration is required for a booster shot.

The health department’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics are open to anyone 12 years and older. The Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine is approved for individuals 5 years of age and older. Children ages 5 to 11 can get the pediatric vaccine through their school district, local pharmacies, or their health care provider. The Moderna and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for people aged 18 and over. The Pfizer (Comirnaty) and Moderna vaccines are both two-dose vaccines and the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose vaccine.

Walk-in is welcome; however, online registration is encouraged and appreciated due to the efficiency of the clinic. People can pre-register online at https://health.oswegocounty.com/information/2019_novel_coronavirus/covid-19_vaccine.php or by calling the COVID-19 Hotline at 315-349-3330.

The CDC recommends that people who have had the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine receive a booster shot of one of three available vaccines two months after their first injection.

For those who have received the Pfizer (Comirnaty) or Moderna vaccines, the CDC states that the following people MUST receive a booster shot six months after their last dose:

  • Those who are 65 years and older.
  • People aged 18 and over who live in a long-term care setting, such as a nursing home.
  • Those who are 50 to 64 years old with certain underlying medical conditions (HIV, active cancer, COPD, asthma, chronic kidney disease, sickle cell disease, obesity, heart disease, chronic liver disease, immune deficiency, diabetes or a history of solid organ transplant or STEM cell transplant etc. ).

The CDC further states that, for those who have received the Pfizer (Comirnaty) or Moderna vaccines, the following people MAY CHOOSE to have a booster shot six months after their last dose:

  • Those who are 18 to 49 years old with certain underlying medical conditions listed above.
  • Those who are 18 to 64 years old and work in an environment where they are at high risk of exposure to COVID-19. This includes first responders such as police, firefighters, and health professionals, as well as those who work in grocery stores, food and farming locations, educational and daycare centers, manufacturing and public transportation sites, correctional facilities, and the US Postal Service.

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

Free transportation is offered 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 Monday through Saturday from 6am to 7pm. Call 315-598-1514 to schedule a ride in advance.

Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup reminds residents that Oswego County still has a high level of community transfer, according to the CDC.

“If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, now is the time to take your chance — not just to protect yourself, but your family and friends and your community,” he said.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, chills, repeated tremors with chills, gastrointestinal illness, and new loss of taste or smell.

Residents are urged to continue taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Get vaccinated if you are 12 years or older.
  • Stay home if you are sick and keep your children at home if they are sick.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Keep a distance of six feet between you and those you don’t live with, especially if you’re not vaccinated.
  • Wear a face mask in public areas you visit or visit, where you work, or in crowded outdoor settings, regardless of your vaccination status.
  • All residents must follow the COVID-19 prevention measures that local businesses and workplaces may have. Visit the New York State website at forward.ny.gov for more information.

For more information, visit the Oswego County Health Department’s COVID-19 page at health.oswegocounty.com/covid-19 or call the COVID-19 Hotline at 315-349-3330. The telephone lines are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

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

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