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COVID-19 Daily Report for June 23, 2020

OSWEGO COUNTY – Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced today, June 23, that five additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive cases to 178. One hundred twenty-six people have recovered and are no longer in mandatory isolation. There are now four confirmed COVID-19 related deaths in Oswego County. 

“We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of this patient,” said Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup. “Every death is an unfortunate development in our efforts to fight this disease and something that we never want to see. It is a sad reminder that although things are starting to get back to normal in Central New York, we still need to do everything we can to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.”

Out of respect for the family’s privacy, it is the county’s policy to release no additional information about the patient.

This report is current as of 3 p.m. June 23.

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

  • Total # of tests conducted: 14,017
  • Total # of positive cases: 178
  • Total # of positive cases recovered: 126
  • Total deaths: 4
  • Total # of positive cases active: 48
  • Total # of negative results: 13,670
  • Total # of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 151

“Today’s report also includes three new cases from Champlain Valley Specialty, Inc.” said Huang. “We continue to investigate this cluster and expect the number to change in the coming days.”

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

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 and the health department could not contact those at risk individually, a media release is done.

Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup urges residents to continue to take every necessary precaution to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. He also reminds businesses and organizations that they must follow New York State guidance and submit a re-opening plan to the state before they can resume serving customers.

“COVID-19 is still in our community,” said Chairman Weatherup. “If we hope to be successful in re-opening our communities, we must continue to take personal responsibility and help prevent the spread of the disease.”

Health officials urge residents to take these precautions:

  • 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.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, chills, repeated shaking with chills, gastrointestinal illness and new loss of taste or smell.

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

Additional questions can be directed to the Oswego County Health Department COVID-19 hotline at 315-349-3330 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information about emotional supports, visit the Oswego County Department of Social Services Division of Mental Hygiene at www.oswegocounty.com/mentalhygiene.

Oswego County presents videos highlighting various COVID-19 topics on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are scheduled to be posted by 4:30 p.m. on Oswego County's COVID-19 play list on YouTube, Facebook, and the county government web site at oswegocounty.com.