Residents encouraged to use online COVID-19 reporting tool as community level and cases increase

Residents encouraged to use online COVID-19 reporting tool as community level and cases increase

September 26, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently raised Oswego County’s COVID-19 community level to “high” as the number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to rise.

The Oswego County Health Department reminds residents that they can go to the online portal to report positive COVID-19 home test results and exposures. They can also upload isolation/quarantine documents requested by schools and employers. Go to https://health.oswegocounty.com/COVID-19 and click on the appropriate link.

From Monday September 19 to Sunday September 25, 496 residents tested positive for COVID-19. This includes both lab-confirmed and home-based testing.

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

  • Number of laboratory/supplier tests: 2,077
  • Number of laboratory/supplier positive cases: 375
  • Percentage of laboratory/supplier positive cases: 18.05%
  • Number of positive home test results: 121

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) also reported three additional deaths related to COVID-19 last week, bringing the total to 210. “This is still sad news to share, and we address our deepest condolences to loved ones. of each of these residents,” said Vera Dunsmoor, acting director of public health for Oswego County.

With the increased community level of COVID-19, the CDC and NYSDOH are now recommending people wear a face mask in indoor public places, stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, and get tested if they have any symptoms. symptoms.

Residents who test positive are also encouraged to notify any close contacts. The close contact should wear a properly fitted mask for 10 days (with day one starting the day after their last exposure) and self-monitor for symptoms. Contacts should test for COVID-19 on day six, unless they develop symptoms earlier. Those who develop symptoms should isolate at home and test for COVID-19. They must stay home until they receive their test results. If they test positive, they should continue to self-isolate at home for at least five days. If negative, they should continue taking precautions until day 10.

The Oswego County Health Department offers weekly immunization clinics at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego. Every Tuesday, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., staff administer general vaccinations for children and adults, including COVID-19 vaccines.

A special booster clinic offering the Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent vaccine is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 for people ages 12 and older. Those requesting a bivalent booster must have received their last primary series vaccine or their last booster vaccine at least two months previously.

On Wednesday, October 12, the health department is offering a clinic dedicated to first, second, and primo-doses of COVID-19 vaccines from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be available for ages 6 months and older and the Moderna vaccine will be available for ages 12 and older. From 1 to 3 p.m., Pfizer-BioNTech dual boosters will be available for ages 12 and up.

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

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

The Oswego County Office of Aging can help people age 60 and older who need help navigating the Internet to book appointments for county clinics. Call 315-349-3484.

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.

People are encouraged to take the following steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses:

  • Stay home if you are sick and keep your children home if they are sick.
  • Get vaccinated and keep your vaccines up to date.
  • 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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