COVID-19 Weekly Report – Community COVID-19 infections remain high

April 25, 2022

OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Health Department reports an additional 762 residents tested positive for COVID-19 from Monday, April 18 through Sunday, April 24. This includes results from lab-confirmed tests and home tests. Additionally, another death related to COVID-19 has been reported by the New York State Department of Health, bringing the total to 188.

“The seven-day cumulative case count remained at about the same level as a week ago and the positivity rate remains very high in our county,” the Oswego County Public Health Director said. , Jiangcheng Huang. “These two indicators mean that COVID-19 infections in the community are still extremely high. The number of COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in the county last week was lower than the previous week, so we continue to encourage residents to get vaccinated at their local pharmacy, primary care provider’s office, or a county health department clinic.

Oswego County’s COVID-19 community level remains “high,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At this level, the CDC and NYSDOH recommend people wear a mask indoors in public spaces and keep their COVID-19 vaccines up to date. They should also get tested if they have symptoms and, if they are at high risk of serious illness, should take extra precautions, such as avoiding poorly ventilated or crowded spaces.

The following report reflects data collected from Monday, April 18 through Sunday, April 24:

  • Number of laboratory/supplier tests: 3,645
  • Number of positive cases in laboratory/supplier: 564
  • Percentage of laboratory/supplier positive cases: 15.47%
  • Number of positive home test results: 198

Another 19 Oswego County residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 between Sunday, April 17 and Saturday, April 23, 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 ranges and vaccination status, access the Oswego County COVID-19 Dashboard at https://oswegogis.maps.arcgis.com/apps /dashboards/3fd162cd12264b418dc03bdebd7f5300.

Oswego County Medical Director Christina Liepke, MD said, “The CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released last Friday said there were approximately 460,000 COVID-19 related deaths in the states. States last year. This makes COVID-19 the third leading cause of death in 2021. This is another important reminder for people not only to get vaccinated, but to keep their vaccinations up to date. (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/71/wr/mm7117e1.htm?s_cid=mm7117e1_w)

The Oswego County Health Department holds immunization clinics every Tuesday afternoon from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. by appointment only; and the second Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for walk-in service. However, to reduce wait times at county vaccination clinics, residents are strongly encouraged to visit health.oswegocounty.com/vaccines to schedule an appointment.

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’s website at 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, 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 also contact their medical providers directly for personal medical advice about 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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