Residents encouraged to use online COVID-19 reporting tool as community level and cases are rising

Residents encouraged to use online COVID-19 reporting tool as community level and cases are rising

September 26, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently raised Oswego County’s COVID-19 community level to “high,” as the number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to rise.

The Oswego County Health Department is reminding residents that they can go to the online portal to report positive COVID-19 test results and home exposures. They can also download isolation/quarantine papers requested by schools and employers. Go to and click on the appropriate link.

From Monday 19 to Sunday 25 September, 496 residents tested positive for COVID-19. This includes both lab-confirmed and home testing.

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

  • Number of lab/provider tests: 2,077
  • Number of positive cases from laboratory/provider: 375
  • Percentage of laboratory/supplier positive cases: 18.05%
  • Number of positive test results at home: 121

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) also reported three additional COVID-19-related deaths in the past week, bringing the total to 210. “This is always sad news to share, and we extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of each of these residents,” said Vera Dunsmoor, Oswego County’s interim public health director.

With the increased COVID-19 community level, the CDC and NYSDOH now recommend that people wear a face mask in indoor public areas, stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, and get tested if they have symptoms.

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

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

A special booster clinic with the Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent vaccine for people aged 12 years and older will be held on Wednesday, September 28 from 1 to 3 pm. Those applying for a bivalent booster injection must have had their last primary series vaccine or booster vaccine at least two months prior.

On Wednesday, October 12, the health department will offer a clinic for the first, second, and primary doses of COVID-19 vaccines from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be available to individuals 6 months of age and older and the Moderna vaccine will be available to individuals 12 years of age and older. From 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent booster doses will be available for individuals 12 years of age and older.

Appointments are required for all doses in all clinics to avoid waiting times and to ensure the vaccine will be available. Go to: health.oswegocounty.com/vaccines.

Face masks are mandatory in all provincial clinics and COVID-19 home testing kits will be distributed to those being 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 to make appointments for county clinics. 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 Friday between 6am and 7pm. Call 315-598-1514 to schedule a ride in advance.

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

  • Stay home if you are sick and keep your children at home if they are sick.
  • Get vaccinated and keep your vaccinations up to date.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask.
  • Stay one and a half meters away from others.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated areas.
  • Test to prevent spreading the virus to others.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Follow the isolation and quarantine recommendations.

For more information, visit the Oswego County Health Department’s COVID-19 page at or call the COVID-19 Hotline at 315-349-3330. Callers may need to leave a message and an agent will call back.

Residents should contact their healthcare provider directly for personalized medical advice regarding COVID-19 and any vaccinations or booster shots.

For information on emotional support, please 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.

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