June 6, 2022
OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Health Department announced today 145 additional residents tested positive for COVID-19 from Monday, May 30 through Sunday June 5. This includes results from lab-confirmed tests and at-home tests. In addition, one more COVID-19-related death was reported by the NYS Department of Health, bringing the total to 198.
For the second consecutive week, Oswego County’s community level remains “low” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“We are very happy to continue seeing low levels of the virus in our community,” said Oswego County Director of Preventive Health Services Jodi Martin, MSN-PHN. “Still, it is vital that we all remain vigilant in our daily activities to limit the spread of COVID-19. Individuals should stay up to date with vaccines and boosters, follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, and get tested if they are exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19.”
Oswego County Associate Public Health Educator Diane Oldenburg added, “COVID-19 hospitalizations also remain low, with seven residents reportedly hospitalized between Sunday, May 29 and Saturday, June 4. This smaller number helps lessen the burden on our local health care system, which has been overwhelmed these last two years.”
The Oswego County Health Department receives weekly accounts of new hospitalizations due to COVID-19 from local reporting hospitals including Oswego, Crouse, St. Joseph’s Health and Upstate University. These accounts are not part of a running total of hospitalizations. For details, go to the Oswego County COVID-19 Dashboard at https://oswegogis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/3fd162cd12264b418dc03bdebd7f5300.
The following report reflects data collected from Monday, May 30 through Sunday, June 5:
- Number of lab/provider tests: 1,971
- Number of lab/provider positive cases: 99
- Percentage of lab/provider positive cases: 5.02%
- Number of at-home positive test results: 46
The Oswego County Health Department holds vaccination clinics every Tuesday afternoon from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. by appointment only. Clinics are also held the second Wednesday of each month, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted on Wednesdays, but residents are strongly encouraged to go to health.oswegocounty.com/vaccines to make an appointment to avoid wait times.
The Oswego County Office for the Aging can help people aged 60 and older who need help navigating the internet to make appointments. Call 315-349-3484.
Vaccines are also available at local pharmacies and health care provider offices. Face masks are required at all clinics and at-home COVID-19 test kits will be distributed to those getting vaccinated at a county clinic while supplies last.
Free transportation is provided to residents to go 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 through Friday. Call 315-598-1514 to schedule a ride in advance.
Oswego County developed a portal for residents to report positive at-home COVID-19 test results, exposure to the virus and get the necessary isolation/quarantine paperwork for schools and employers. Go to https://health.oswegocounty.com/COVID-19 and click on the appropriate link.
Test results received from doctor’s offices, pharmacies and other testing sites DO NOT need to 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 health department encourages residents who test positive to immediately notify any close contacts. The close contact should 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 should report the exposure on the County Health Department’s online portal.
Residents are urged to continue taking 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 home if they are sick.
- Wear a well-fitting mask.
- Stay six feet from others.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
- Test to prevent virus spread to others.
- Wash your hands often.
- Follow recommendations for isolation and quarantine.
For more information, go to 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 about COVID-19 and vaccinations or booster shots.
For information about emotional supports, 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 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic response within the County of Oswego. The Oswego County Health Department works closely with New York State Department of Health regarding COVID-19 monitoring, response, and reporting.