Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Oswego County COVID-19 Hotline:
Please call 315-349-3330 for more information about the Coronavirus.
New York State COVID-19 Hotline:
Please call 1-888-364-3065 for more information about the Coronavirus.
Upstate University Hospital's Regional Triage Line for COVID-19 (available from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.):
Please call 315-464-3979 for more information about the Coronavirus.
New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
Oswego County COVID-19 Daily Update:
This report is current as of 3:00 p.m. August 8th
Total # of tests conducted
Total # of positive cases
Total positive cases recovered
Total # of deaths
Total # of positive cases active
Total # of negative results
Total # of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine
Please know that these numbers fluctuate frequently. People are monitored for a variety of reasons. Some have been tested and are home waiting for results, some may be returning travelers, and some are the result of community transmission. As the number of people getting tested increases, the number of people monitored will increase. Once negative tests come in (meaning a person is not infected) or a person has recovered, some may be released from monitoring. Recovered people are NOT deducted from the total number of positive cases.
Antibody Test Results in Oswego County (Updated Weekly):
These numbers are current as of August 6th
Total # of positive antibody tests
Total # of negative antibody tests
Current COVID-19 Status by Municipality in Oswego County, NY
*Status for Required Mandatory Quarantine – Person has been in close contact (within 6 feet) with someone who is positive, but is not displaying symptoms for COVID-19; or person has traveled to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, or Italy, and is displaying symptoms.
*Status for Required Mandatory Isolation – Person has tested positive for COVID-19, whether or not displaying symptoms for COVID-19.
*Status for Total Positive Cases Recovered - Person no longer has fever for 72 hours, symptoms have improved, and they meet the requirements to be released from mandatory isolation set by the New York State Department of Health.
General COVID-19 Information:
The Oswego County Health Department is actively monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness, called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. There are thousands of confirmed cases in a growing number of countries internationally and the virus is spreading in the United States.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include (CDC):
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fever (100° Fahrenheit or above)
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Sore throat
- Muscle or body aches
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- New loss of taste or smell
Childhood Inflammatory Disease Related to COVID-19
The State Department of Health is investigating several cases of severe illness in children and child deaths that may be related to COVID-19. There have been more than 70 reported cases in New York where children are experiencing symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome possibly due to COVID-19.
New Yorkers should seek immediate care if a child has:
- Prolonged fever (more than five days)
- Difficulty feeding (infants) or is too sick to drink fluids
- Severe abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting
- Change in skin color - becoming pale, patchy and/or blue
- Trouble breathing or is breathing very quickly
- Racing heart or chest pain
- Decreased amount of frequency in urine
- Lethargy, irritability or confusion
Protocol for Testing - New York State Department of Health
Oswego County COVID-19 Testing Sites
As announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, diagnostic and/or serologic testing for COVID-19 may now be authorized by a health care provider for any New Yorker who resides or works within the state given the dramatic increase in testing capacity.
To support the statewide coordinated testing prioritization, health care providers can authorize any New Yorker for testing, but may consider the following prioritization when ordering a COVID-19 test:
- Symptomatic individuals, particularly if the individual is part of a high-risk population, including persons who are hospitalized; persons residing in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, or other congregate care settings; persons who have a compromised immune system; persons who have an underlying health condition; and persons who are 70 years of age or older.
- Individuals less than 21 years of age who have symptoms consistent with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), which is also known as Pediatric MultiSystem Inflammatory Syndrome.
- Individuals requiring a COVID-19 test for medical care, including being tested prior to an elective surgery or procedure, or individuals who are pregnant and their designated support person.
- Individuals who have had close (i.e. within six feet) or proximate contact with a person known to be positive with COVID-19.
- Individuals who are subject to a precautionary or mandatory quarantine.
- Individuals who are employed as health care workers, first responders, or in any position within a nursing home, long-term care facility, or other congregate care setting.
- Individuals who are employed as essential employees who directly interact with the public while working.
- Individuals who are employed by an essential business (e.g. food production, medical supply manufacturing) or any business that has been designated to “reopen” in certain regions of the state (e.g. Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, or Phase 4 of the State’s New York Forward plan).
- Individuals who participated in recent protest activities that occurred in localities around New York State.
- Individuals who present with a case where the facts and circumstances – as determined by the treating clinician in consultation with state or local department of health officials – warrant testing, or other criteria set forth by NYS DOH (e.g. place of residence, occupation).
General Antibody Testing Information
There are over 150 antibody tests for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID 19. The majority of these tests are not FDA approved even through the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) process.
Antibody testing looks for the body’s immune response from exposure to the virus. It is not a test for the actual virus. Each antibody test is different, but, in general, they take 1-3 weeks to become positive after a person is sick with COVID-19. Because of this, negative results from antibody testing does NOT rule out COVID-19 infection. In general, people who are currently sick with symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough and fever should NOT have antibody testing; they should have a test for the actual SARS-CoV-2 virus.
All antibody tests for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, carry the risk of false positive results. Positive results may be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E.
Antibody tests have been used in large studies to find out the prevalence or percent of the population that have been affected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. They have also been used to determine if people are able to consider donating their plasma to other patient battling COVID-19 in trials. For more information on plasma donation please see the Red Cross or the New York Blood Center.COVID-19 Testing Next Steps
Contact Tracing - Answer the Phone
*Questions about testing can be directed to the Oswego County COVID-19 Hotline at 315-349-3330.