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COVID-19 Daily Report for May 22, 2020

OSWEGO COUNTY – Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced today, May 22, that five additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive cases to 92. Sixty-nine people have now recovered and are no longer in mandatory isolation. There are three confirmed COVID-19 related deaths in our county. 

COVID-19 has been identified in the cities of Fulton and Oswego and the towns of Boylston, Constantia, Granby, Hastings, Mexico, Minetto, New Haven, Orwell, Oswego, Palermo, Redfield, Richland, Sandy Creek, Schroeppel, Scriba, Volney, West Monroe and Williamstown. 

Those infected with COVID-19 have ranged in age from a young child to senior citizens to people in every decade of life in-between.

The Oswego County Health Department investigates all cases and, when appropriate, family members and contacts are also placed in mandatory quarantine or isolation. All known contacts of COVID-19 positive patients are notified.

In the event that a person who tests positive for COVID-19 had public exposure when they were contagious, such as shopping in a store or working in a restaurant, the county health department will alert citizens through the news media and social media.

Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup continues to urge residents to take every necessary precaution to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. “It’s tempting to think that we’ve made progress by keeping our numbers relatively low. However, once we have ample supplies and increase testing, we’re going to see those numbers rise. It simply confirms that this disease is still in our communities. We need to do all we can to not only protect ourselves, but to protect our family, friends and neighbors too.”

This report is current as of 3 p.m. May 22.

Please know that these numbers fluctuate frequently. Recovered people are not deducted from the total number of positive cases.

  • Total # of people tested or scheduled to be tested: 3,860
  • Total # of positive cases: 92
  • Total # of positive cases recovered: 69
  • Total # deaths: 3
  • Total # of positive cases active: 20
  • Total # of negative results: 3,528
  • Total # of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 107

The Oswego County Health Department follows New York State Department of Health guidelines for who should be quarantined and tested for coronavirus.

“People are monitored for a variety of reasons,” said Huang. “As the number of people getting tested increases, the number of people being monitored will also increase. When a person’s test comes back as negative or they have recovered from the disease, they may be released from monitoring.”

Health care providers, first responders, and county and state health departments are working closely together to mitigate the disease’s impact on the community.

“It is important for people to understand that COVID-19 is everywhere. That is why it is so important that we all take crucial protection measures. We need to diligently follow the guidance to keep social distancing, wearing face masks and hand washing with soap and rubbing for 20 seconds. These steps will help slow the spread of the virus and limit the chance of exposure.

“If we hope to be successful in controlling the spread of this disease, we must all take personal responsibility and follow these precautions as much as possible.”

Officials urge all residents across Oswego County to take personal responsibility and follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Wear a face mask or covering over your nose and mouth.
  • Avoid non-essential gatherings of all types and sizes.
  • Keep six feet from other people.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick unless you are seeking health care.
  • Call your healthcare provider from home if you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
  • Call 911 if you are experiencing life-threatening conditions.

Residents are asked to continue monitoring reliable sources of information. Go to health.oswegocounty.com/covid-19 for the latest news releases, daily updates, and video presentations or visit oswegocounty.com or health.ny.gov or cdc.gov.

Oswego County presents videos highlighting various COVID-19 topics on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They are scheduled to be posted by 4:30 p.m. on Oswego County’s COVID-19 YouTube play listFacebook and the county government web site at oswegocounty.com.