Weekly COVID-19 Report – COVID-19 Cases Decrease but Community Level Remains High – Oswego County

Weekly COVID-19 Report – COVID-19 Cases Decrease but Community Level Remains High

May 2, 2022

OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Health Department reports an additional 571 residents tested positive for COVID-19 from Monday, Aril 25 through Sunday May 1. This includes results from lab-confirmed tests and at-home tests. In addition, two more COVID-19-related death was reported by the NYS Department of Health, bringing the total to 190.

“Oswego County’s COVID-19 community level is still high,” said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) community levels based on current data. “Cases remain high but have decreased in the past week. I encourage residents to continue preventative measures to maintain the downward trend.”

The CDC’s “high” community level for Oswego County includes recommendations that people wear a mask indoors in public spaces, keep COVID-19 vaccinations up to date and get tested if they have symptoms. Individuals at high risk for severe illness may need to take additional precautions, such as avoiding poorly ventilated or crowded spaces.

Huang continues to encourage residents to get vaccinated at their local pharmacy, primary care provider office or an Oswego County Health Department clinic.

The following report reflects data collected from Monday, April 25 through Sunday, May 1:

  • Number of lab/provider tests: 3,952
  • Number of lab/provider positive cases: 429
  • Percentage of lab/provider positive cases: 10.9%
  • Number of at-home positive test results: 142

An additional 25 Oswego County residents were hospitalized due to COVID-19 between Sunday, April 24 and Saturday, April 30, according to the hospitalization report received by the Oswego County Health Department. The 25 hospitalizations mark an uptick from the 19 recorded in the previous week. New hospitalization numbers are not part of a running total of hospitalizations.

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

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.

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.