New cases of COVID-19 continue to decline

November 7, 2022

The Oswego County Health Department reported that the number of new COVID-19 cases continued to decline this week. From Monday October 31 to Sunday November 6, 155 residents tested positive for COVID-19. This includes confirmed lab and home test results.

The breakdown of data collected during this period is as follows:

  • Number of laboratory/supplier tests: 2041
  • Number of laboratory/supplier positive cases: 119
  • Percentage of lab/vendor positive cases: 5.83%
  • Number of positive home test results: 36

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) also reported another death related to COVID-19 last week, bringing the total to 215. “We send our sincere condolences to the friends and family of this resident,” said Oswego County Interim Vera Dunsmoor, director of public health.

The health department reminds residents to report positive COVID-19 home test results and exposures on its online portal. People can also upload isolation/quarantine documents requested by schools and employers. Go to https://health.oswegocounty.com/COVID-19 and click on the appropriate link.

Oswego County’s COVID-19 community level remains “average,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) now recommend that people at high risk for serious illness speak with their health care provider about whether they should wear a mask and take other precautions. It is also recommended that people stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations and get tested if they have symptoms.

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

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

On Wednesday, November 9, the health department will offer a clinic dedicated to the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for all ages. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be available for people ages 6 months and older and the Moderna vaccine will be available for people ages 12 and older. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., bivalent Pfizer-BioNTech boosters will be available for ages 5 and up.

Appointments are required for all doses at all clinics to avoid wait times and ensure vaccines will be available. Go to: health.oswegocounty.com/vaccines.

Face masks are required at all county clinics and COVID-19 home test kits will be distributed to those who get vaccinated while supplies last. Vaccines are also available at local pharmacies and health care provider offices.

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

Free transportation is provided for residents to travel to COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites through a partnership between Oswego County and Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. Rides are available between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday see you on Friday. Call 315-598-1514 to plan a ride in advance.

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

  • Stay home if you are sick and keep your children home if they are sick.
  • Get vaccinated and keep your vaccines up to date.
  • Wear a properly fitted mask.
  • Stay six feet away from others.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Test to prevent spreading the virus to others.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Follow isolation and quarantine recommendations.

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

Residents should contact their medical providers directly for personal medical advice on COVID-19 and vaccinations or boosters.

For more information on emotional supports, visit the Mental Hygiene Division of the Oswego County Department of Social Services 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 response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the county of Oswego. The Oswego County Health Department is working closely with the New York State Department of Health regarding COVID-19 surveillance, response, and reporting.

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