The Ministry of Health reports a first decrease in the number of cases of COVID-19 in the last month

October 10, 2022

The Oswego County Health Department reported today, October 10, that the number of new cases of COVID-19 has decreased for the first time since mid-September. In the last week, 478 residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This includes the results of both lab-confirmed and home tests from Monday, October 3 through Sunday, October 9.

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

  • Number of tests by laboratory/supplier: 2061
  • Number of positive cases per laboratory/provider: 373
  • Laboratory/Provider Positive Case Rate: 18.10%
  • Number of positive home test results: 105

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) also reported another death related to COVID-19 in the past week, bringing the total to 212. Oswego County Interim Director of Public Health Vera Dunsmoor said it is always difficult to a neighbor was reported missing. “We send our condolences to the family and friends of this resident.”

The Department of Health is reminding residents to report positive home COVID-19 test results and exposures to its online portal. People can also download isolation/quarantine documents required by schools and employers. Go to https://health.oswegocounty.com/COVID-19 and click on the appropriate link.

The community level of COVID-19 in Oswego County remains “high,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency and NYSDOH now recommend that people wear a face mask in indoor public places, stay up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations and get tested if they have symptoms.

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

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 to 3:30 p.m., staff administer general immunizations for children and adults, including vaccines against COVID-19.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, the health department is offering a clinic dedicated to the first, second and booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines from 9 to 10 a.m. Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine will be available for people over 6 months of age, and Moderna’s vaccine will be available for people over 12 years of age. From 1 to 3 p.m., Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent booster doses will be available to those 12 years and older.

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

Face masks are mandatory in all district clinics, and home-testing kits for COVID-19 will be distributed to those vaccinated while supplies last. Vaccines are also available at local pharmacies and health care provider offices.

The Oswego County Office of the Elderly can help those 60 and older who need help navigating the Internet to make appointments for county clinics. Call 315-349-3484.

Free transportation is provided for residents to go to COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites through a partnership between Oswego County and Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. Trips are available between 6am and 7pm Monday to Friday. 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 home if they are sick.
  • Get vaccinated and keep your vaccinations up to date.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask.
  • Stay six feet away from others.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated areas.
  • Get tested to prevent spreading the virus to others.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Follow isolation and quarantine recommendations.

For more information, visit the Oswego County Department of Health’s COVID-19 page at https://health.oswegocounty.com/COVID-19 or call the 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 health care providers directly for personal medical advice regarding COVID-19 and vaccinations or boosters.

For information on emotional support, visit the Mental Hygiene Division of the Oswego County Department of Social Services at www.oswegocounty.com/mentalhygiene.

Pursuant to the New York State Public Health Act, the Oswego County Health Department is the local public health authority for the response to the COVID-19 pandemic within Oswego County. The Oswego County Health Department is working closely with the New York State Department of Health regarding the surveillance, response and reporting of COVID-19.

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