COVID-19 Weekly Report


May 31, 2022

OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Health Department today announced that 204 additional residents tested positive for COVID-19 from Monday, May 23 through Sunday, May 29. This includes results from lab-confirmed tests and home tests.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lowered Oswego County’s community level to “low” last Thursday, recommending people keep their COVID-19 vaccinations up to date and get tested if they have symptoms .

“Much of the northeast is seeing the same downward trend,” said Diane Oldenburg, associate public health educator for Oswego County. “However, other parts of the United States are seeing an increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths. As the unofficial start of summer is here and summer travel plans may take us to other areas of the country, it is important for us to remain vigilant.

Oswego County Preventive Health Services Director Jodi Martin, MSN-PHN, also reminds residents that the virus is still very active in our communities and across the state. “So far, at least a quarter of Oswego County residents have had COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and we have lost nearly 200 residents to the disease,” she said. declared. “Vaccination remains the best tool to prevent serious cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Residents should keep up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations. Additionally, some members of our community may choose to continue wearing masks and we must respect their decision to do so. »

Oldenburg added: “If you have symptoms, get tested and stay home. Together, we can continue to protect ourselves and our community.

The following report reflects data collected from Monday, May 23 through Sunday, May 29:

  • Number of laboratory/supplier tests: 2,365
  • Number of positive cases in laboratory/supplier: 156
  • Percentage of lab/vendor positive cases: 6.6%
  • Number of positive home test results: 48

Six other Oswego County residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 between Sunday, May 22 and Saturday, May 28, according to the hospitalization report received by the Oswego County Health Department. The new hospitalization counts are not part of a running total of hospitalizations.

For hospitalization details, such as age groups and vaccination status, access the Oswego County COVID-19 Dashboard at https://oswegogis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/3fd162cd12264b418dc03bdebd7f5300.

The Oswego County Health Department holds immunization clinics every Tuesday afternoon from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. by appointment only. Clinics are also held the second Wednesday of each month, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-in Wednesdays are accepted, but residents are strongly encouraged to come to health.oswegocounty.com/vaccines make an appointment to avoid waiting times.

The Oswego County Office for Seniors can help seniors 60 and older who need help navigating the internet to book an appointment. Call 315-349-3484.

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

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.

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

Test results received from doctors’ 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 “Report a positive (lab) test” option in the portal.

The health department encourages residents who test positive to notify any close contacts immediately. The close contact should then go to the State website at the address https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-contact-tracing to find out if they meet the quarantine criteria. If they do, they should report the exposure on the county health department’s online portal.

Residents are asked 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 home if they are sick.
  • 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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