Weekly COVID-19 report – CDC offers new tool to monitor COVID-19 activity by county
Weekly COVID-19 report – CDC offers new tool to monitor COVID-19 activity by county

Weekly COVID-19 report – CDC offers new tool to monitor COVID-19 activity by county

Weekly COVID-19 report – CDC offers new tool to monitor COVID-19 activity by county

OSWEGO AMT – Oswego County’s seven-day accumulated COVID-19 case numbers continue to fall as the Ministry of Health announces that a further 288 residents have been tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week. This sum includes positive results from laboratory-confirmed tests and home tests from Monday 21 February to Sunday 27 February and marks the seventh week with a downward trend.

Still, three more COVID-19-related deaths were reported by the NYS Department of Health last week, bringing the total to 177. “Each death is a painful reminder that the fight against this virus is not over,” Oswego County said. Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. “Our condolences go out to the families and loved ones of these people.”

Huang said vaccines continue to be a powerful weapon to prevent hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19. “From December 20, 2021 to January 19, 2022, there were 34 deaths as a result of COVID-19,” he said. “Among them, 20 or 58.8% were not fully or never vaccinated.”

Oswego County Medical Director Christian Liepke, MD added: “While vaccination remains our best defense against COVID-19, it is also good to know that there are now drugs that have received emergency use permits from the FDA and CDC to treat the virus. People testing positive for COVID-19 should contact their primary care provider immediately to determine if they meet certain eligibility criteria to start treatment. ”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new widget on its website (www.cdc.gov) to control nationwide COVID-19 community levels by county. “‘COVID-19 County Check’ is a measurement tool that refocuses efforts to monitor COVID-19 and helps communities decide what preventative measures to take based on recent data,” Huang said. “Currently, Oswego County is listed at the ‘high’ level. That means we should continue our efforts to minimize the burden on our health care system and protect the most vulnerable people in our community.

“CDC data also show that residents of Oswego County are slowly but steadily being vaccinated for COVID-19,” he added. “The county health department encourages residents to be vaccinated if they are eligible, and thanks all pharmacies and providers’ offices who continue to help with the vaccination effort.”

The following report reflects data collected from Monday 21 February to Sunday 27 February:

  • Number of laboratory / provider tests: 3,119
  • Number of positive cases of laboratory / providers: 253
  • Percentage of laboratory / provider positive cases: 8.11%
  • Number of positive test results in the home: 35

A further 15 residents of Oswego County were hospitalized due to COVID-19 between Sunday, February 20 and Saturday, February 26, according to the hospitalization report received by the Oswego County Health Department. New admissions figures are not part of a current sum of admissions. For admission information such as age groups and vaccination status, go to the Oswego County COVID-19 Dashboard at https://oswegogis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/3fd162cd12264b418dc03bdebd7f5300.

The Oswego County Health Department continues to hold COVID-19 vaccination clinics across the county, and vaccines are also available at many local pharmacies and health care providers. Face masks are still required at all clinics and at home COVID-19 test kits will be distributed to those who are vaccinated at a county clinic while stocks last.

Go to https://health.oswegocounty.com/information/2019_novel_coronavirus/covid-19_vaccine.php for a complete list of upcoming clinics.

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

Free transportation is provided to residents to go to COVID-19 test and vaccination sites through a partnership between Oswego County and Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. Amusements are available between 06:00 and 19:00 Monday to Friday. Call 315-598-1514 to plan a trip in advance.

Oswego County developed a portal where residents can report positive COVID-19 test results at home, exposure to the virus, and get the necessary insulation / quarantine paperwork for schools and employers. Go to https://health.oswegocounty.com/information/2019_novel_coronavirus/index.php and click on the appropriate link on the left side of the screen.

Test results received from doctors’ offices, pharmacies and other test sites MUST NOT be self-reported. However, if isolation orders are needed for school, employers or other reasons, people can request these documents using the portal’s “Report a positive (laboratory) test” option.

The National Board of Health encourages residents who test positive to notify close contacts immediately. The close contact must then go to the State’s website at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-contact-tracing to find out if they meet the criteria for quarantine. If they do, they must report the exposure on the county health board’s online portal.

Residents are encouraged to continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Get vaccinated and keep your COVID-19 vaccinations up to date.
  • Stay home if you are sick and keep your children at home if they are sick.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask.
  • Stay six feet away from others.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated rooms.
  • Test to prevent virus from spreading to others
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Follow the recommendations for isolation and quarantine.

For more information, visit the Oswego County Health Department’s COVID-19 page at https://health.oswegocounty.com/information/2019_novel_coronavirus/index.php or call its COVID-19 hotline at 315-349-3330. Callers may need to leave a message and an employee will call back.

Residents should also contact their physicians directly for personal medical advice about COVID-19 and vaccinations 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 for the COVID-19 pandemic in 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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