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Oswego County Health Department Announces Potential COVID-19 Exposure at Fulton Restaurant

FULTON – The Oswego County Health Department is investigating a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Mimi's Drive-In Restaurant, 201 N. Second St., Fulton. Anyone who visited the restaurant on the following dates may have been exposed to the virus:

  • Saturday, Nov. 14, between 8:30 and 9:15 a.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 16, between 8:30 and 9:15 a.m.; and
  • Monday, Nov. 16, between 1 and 2 p.m.

Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said COVID-19 is spreading at an alarming rate throughout Oswego County. Anyone who visited the restaurant during these time periods should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle ache, headache, new loss of taste and smell, and gastrointestinal illness.

People experiencing COVID symptoms should stay home, and parents should keep their children home if they are sick. Those with symptoms should call their health care provider to arrange to be tested. People should not go to emergency departments unless they are experiencing life-threatening symptoms.

Huang said it can take at least 24 hours to three or four days for a public exposure to be tracked down and announced. After a person is tested, it takes time for the information from the testing site to reach the lab, and for the results to be shared with the State and County Health Departments.

“The lab process usually takes 24 to 72 hours,” said Huang. “When we receive the results at the county level, we need to take the necessary time to investigate the case and determine the possibility of public exposure before making an announcement.”

County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup implores everyone to take personal responsibility for reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the community:

  • Stay home if you are sick and keep your children home if they are sick.
  • Wear a face mask or covering over your nose and mouth.
  • Avoid non-essential gatherings of all types.
  • 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.
  • Call your healthcare provider from home if you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Do not go to the emergency department unless you are experiencing life-threatening conditions.

For information on COVID-19 testing, visit health.oswegocounty.com/covid-19 or call the Oswego County COVID-19 hotline at 315-349-3330 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New York State provides online links to report violations of health and safety restrictions and requirements for businesses, gatherings and individuals. To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community, go to https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask. To file a complaint against your employer or place of work, go to https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/coronavirus-complaints.shtm.

Under New York State Public Health Law, the Oswego County Health Department is the sole local public health authority regarding the COVID-19 pandemic response over all persons and entities within the County of Oswego. The Oswego County Health Department works closely with New York State Department of Health regarding COVID-19 monitoring, response and reporting.