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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. May 29th

Total # of people tested

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

5861

104

80

3

21

5660

67


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:
These numbers are current as of May 27th

Total # of positive antibody tests

Total # of negative antibody tests

23

1035


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.

Key COVID-19 Information as of March 28th, 2020:
The County Health Department’s investigations into positive cases now indicate that there is community spread of COVID-19 in Oswego County. This virus is in Oswego County and across CNY! Everyone has the responsibility to follow social distancing practices, staying home except for essential trips for food, groceries, medicine, essential work, or health care. Trips to stores and pharmacies should be limited to as few as possible. Maintain 6 feet of separation from each other in public places and work space. Wash your hands often and cover your coughs and sneezes. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects. These practices are critical to limiting the spread of coronavirus in our community, reducing your chance of exposure, and protecting our vulnerable populations and health care system.

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): 

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever (100° Fahrenheit or above)
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • New loss of taste or smell
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your doctor. If you are experiencing difficulty breathing, please call 911 and make them aware of your travel history or contact with a confirmed case. If you do not have a healthcare provider, please call the Oswego County COVID-19 Hotline at 315-349-3330.

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

As New York State aggressively expands COVID-19 diagnostic testing capacity, the Department of Health has revised guidance to increase testing for frontline workers, including all first responders, health care workers, and essential employees who interact with the public, while continuing to prioritize resources. 
Testing for COVID-19 shall be authorized by a health care provider for individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • An individual is symptomatic or has a history of symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough, and/or trouble breathing), particularly if the individual is 70 years of age or older, the individual has a compromised immune system, or the individual has an underlying health condition; or
  • An individual has had close (i.e. within six feet) or proximate contact with a person known to be positive with COVID-19; or
  • An individual is subject to a precautionary or mandatory quarantine; or
  • An individual is employed as a health care worker, first responder, or other essential worker who directly interacts with the public while working; or
  • An individual presents 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
  • An individual is included under other criteria set by the NYS Dept. of Health based on an individual's geographic place of residence, occupation, or other factors that the Department may deem relevant for COVID-19 testing purposes; or
  • Any individual who would return to workplace in Phase 1 .

Testing for Essential Workers in New York State

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

COVID-19 Testing at Paul V. Moore High School in Central Square

*Questions about testing can be directed to the Oswego County COVID-19 Hotline at 315-349-3330.


Click here to view the current COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE.

Learn more about COVID-19 from the CDC.

Learn more about COVID-19 from the New York State Department of Health.

Learn more about COVID-19 from the World Health Organization.