Keep vaccinations up to date to protect vulnerable populations

May 16, 2022

OSWEGO COUNTY – Another 18 Oswego County residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 between Sunday, May 8 and Saturday, May 14, 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.

Oswego County Director of Public Health, Jiancheng Huang, reminds residents that while the number has dropped slightly this week, the proportion of people aged 64 and over hospitalized has remained high for the past two weeks. “Vaccines remain the best tool to protect our community – especially our most vulnerable populations,” he said. “They reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death.”

“More than 800 vaccinations have been administered to residents over the past week,” Huang added. “I encourage residents to continue to take this precaution to prevent the spread of the virus. Being up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations ensures you have the best possible protection. You can get the COVID-19 vaccine at your local pharmacy, health care provider, or at one of our county health department clinics.

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 reports an additional 471 residents tested positive for COVID-19 from Monday May 9 through Sunday May 15. This includes results from lab-confirmed tests and home tests.

The following report reflects data collected from Monday, May 9 through Sunday, May 15:

  • Number of laboratory/supplier tests: 3,281
  • Number of laboratory/supplier positive cases: 344
  • Percentage of laboratory/vendor positive cases: 10.48%
  • Number of positive home test results: 127

The county’s COVID-19 community level remains “high” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The federal agency recommends that people in “high” areas wear a face mask indoors in public spaces, keep COVID-19 vaccinations up to date and get tested if they have symptoms. People at high risk for severe illness may need to take extra precautions, such as avoiding poorly ventilated or crowded spaces.

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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