OSWEGO AMT – The Oswego County Health Department announced today that an additional 432 residents were tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week. This includes positive results from laboratory-confirmed tests and home tests from Monday, February 14th through Sunday, February 20th.
A further four COVID-19-related deaths were reported by the NYS Department of Health last week, bringing the total to 174. “Our condolences go out to these people’s families and loved ones,” said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. “Every death is a painful setback in our efforts to fight this virus.
“Despite this, seven-day accumulated positive cases continue to decline over the past many weeks, as does the seven-day positivity rate of laboratory-confirmed tests,” Huang said. “In addition, slightly more residents received booster doses in the past week than in the previous week. We encourage residents to take a booster dose if they are eligible. Many pharmacies now offer walk-in service for COVID-19 vaccination. “
According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective in preventing serious SARS-CoV-2-associated outcomes, including those caused by the Delta variant and the now dominant Omicron variant. A recent study was conducted which shows that it is essential to have up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations to protect against serious infection and hospitalization. (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/71/wr/mm7105e1.htm?s_cid=mm7105e1_w)
The following report reflects data collected from Monday 14 February to Sunday 20 February:
- Number of laboratory / provider tests: 3,922
- Number of positive cases of laboratory / providers: 358
- Percentage of laboratory / provider positive cases: 9.13%
- Number of positive test results in the home: 74
A further 23 residents of Oswego County were hospitalized due to COVID-19 between Sunday, February 13 and Saturday, February 19, 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 test kits at home 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.
“While vaccination remains our best defense against COVID-19, it is good to know that there are now drugs that have received emergency use permits from the FDA and CDC to treat the virus,” said Oswego County Medical Director Christian Liepke, MD. , testing positive for COVID-19, should contact their primary care provider immediately to determine if they meet certain eligibility criteria and may begin treatment. ”
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 their 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.