OSWEGO COUNTY Retired medical personnel across the country have come to the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Oswego County acknowledges Deb Patterson, RN for her assistance in the local effort.
“Deb is a registered nurse who retired from Crouse Health in 2016,” said Danielle Carlone, public health sanitary officer for the Oswego County Health Department. “She has been actively involved in COVID-19 efforts in both Oswego and Onondaga counties. After seeing the need for volunteers, she decided to lend a hand and started working at her previous employer at Crouse Hospital.”
Since then, Patterson has attended the Oswego County COVID-19 clinics at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, SUNY Oswego, and the County Health Department as a vaccinator. Outside of the COVID-19 activities, she also volunteers with The Youth Rally, a community that provides an environment for adolescents living with bowel and bladder conditions that encourage self-confidence and independent living.
Patterson said that when she started volunteering at Crouse Health, she monitored the temperatures of those entering the hospital. She was later recruited to help Oswego County with their vaccination clinics.
When asked to reflect on her volunteer experience, Patterson said, “The positive attitude of the people who come to get vaccinated and those who work in these clinics make this experience unforgettable.”
Like many volunteers, Patterson continues to emphasize the importance of getting people vaccinated. “Public health tries to help a community in different ways,” she said. “Vaccination is just one area. It is equally necessary to bring information to the public.”
Oswego County Health Department is grateful for the countless volunteers and their extraordinary dedication to helping with the COVID-19 effort. Their support has helped the department’s critical operations run as smoothly as they do.
“We are continuing the fight against COVID-19 with a group of amazing individuals ready for any challenge,” said Jiancheng Huang, director of Oswego County Public Health. “We have been recruiting volunteers since March 2020 and Deb has been with us from the start. She has shown us that she is prepared for whatever the next task may be.”
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 phone 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.
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.
OSWEGO COUNTY HONOR PATTERSON’S VOLUNTEER WORK – The Oswego County Health Department continues to recognize the volunteers who have helped their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. Deb Patterson, a retired RN, is the final honoree. She is pictured here administering the COVID-19 vaccine to a patient at a County Health Department clinic in Oswego. Photo courtesy of Sonia Robinson, Oswego County Health Department.