Oswego County’s COVID-19 Community Level Remains ‘Low’

June 6, 2022

OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Department of Health announced today that 145 additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19 from Monday, May 30 through Sunday, June 5. This includes results from laboratory-confirmed tests and home tests. In addition, one additional death related to COVID-19 was reported by the NYS Department of Health, bringing the total to 198.

For the second straight week, Oswego County’s community level remains “low,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“We are very pleased to continue to see low virus levels in our community,” said Jodi Martin, MSN-PHN, Oswego County director of preventative health services. “Nevertheless, it is important that we all remain vigilant in our daily activities to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Individuals should keep up to date with vaccines and booster shots, follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, and get tested if exposed to COVID-19 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 lower number helps ease the burden on our local healthcare system, which has been overwhelmed for the past two years.”

The Oswego County Health Department receives weekly reports 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. See the Oswego County COVID-19 Dashboard for details 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/vendor tests: 1,971
  • Number of positive cases in laboratory/provider: 99
  • Percentage of positive cases in laboratory/provider: 5.02%
  • Number of positive test results at home: 46

The Oswego County Health Department is holding vaccination clinics by appointment only every Tuesday afternoon from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Consultation hours also take place every second Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted on Wednesdays but residents are strongly encouraged to walk there health.oswegocounty.com/vaccines to make an appointment to avoid waiting times.

The Oswego County Office for the Aging can help people age 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 will be required at all clinics and at-home COVID-19 testing kits will be distributed to those being vaccinated at a county clinic while supplies last.

Free transportation to COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites will be offered to residents through a partnership between Oswego County and Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. Rides are available from Monday to Friday between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Call 315-598-1514 to pre-arrange a ride.

Oswego County has developed a portal for residents to report positive home COVID-19 test results and exposure to the virus, and obtain necessary isolation/quarantine records for schools and employers. Go to https://health.oswegocounty.com/COVID-19 and click on the appropriate link.

Test results from doctor’s offices, pharmacies and other test sites do NOT have to be reported themselves. However, if isolation orders are required for school, employer, or other reasons, individuals can request these documents through the portal’s “Report a Positive (Laboratory) Test” option.

The health department encourages residents who have tested positive to notify close contacts immediately. The close contact should then go to the website of the state https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-contact-tracing to find out if they meet the criteria for quarantine. If this is the case, they should report the exposure on the County Health Department’s online portal.

Residents are urged 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 two meters away from others.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated rooms.
  • Testing to prevent the virus from spreading 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 the COVID-19 hotline at 315-349-3330. Callers may need to leave a message and an agent will call back.

Residents should contact their medical providers directly for personalized medical advice regarding COVID-19 and immunizations or booster shots.

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

Pursuant to the New York State Public Health Act, the Oswego County Department of Health is the local public health agency in Oswego County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Oswego County Department of Health is working closely with the New York State Department of Health and Human Services to monitor, respond and report on COVID-19.

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