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COVID-19 Report for Jan. 6, 2021

OSWEGO COUNTY – Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced today, Jan. 6, that 65 additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive cases to 4,165. There are two additional COVID-19 related deaths in Oswego County.

“I would like to express our condolences to the families and friends of these two patients,” said Huang. “This is a reminder that the virus is rampant in our county and we all must do our part to protect our families and communities. We must reduce the number of positive cases. This is paramount to preventing future deaths.”

Huang said that the Oswego County Health Department is receiving limited amounts of the COVID-19 vaccine each week to vaccinate those that fall into eligible priority groups designated by the New York State Department of Health. “We are working with employers that fall into these priority groups to send out the registration link to eligible employees so they can sign up for a vaccination appointment,” he said. “This situation is very fluid, so we encourage everyone to please stay vigilant and have patience.”

The vaccine is now becoming available, on a limited scale, through the New York State Vaccination Program. New York State has set strict schedules for priority groups to be vaccinated.

“Oswego Health and the Oswego County Health Department are doing their best to deploy the vaccine within the guidance that New York State gives us,” said Huang. “The first group to be vaccinated were health care personnel at high risk for transmitting or becoming infected with COVID-19.”

After all frontline staff are vaccinated, the next priority groups include out-patient and frontline high risk health care workers, people who work in medical practices, public health clinics, dentists, diagnostic and treatment centers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, home care workers and aides, hospice workers, staff and residents of nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities and adult care facilities.

“Given the priority groups established by New York State and the unique storage and handling requirements of this vaccine, no one will be vaccinated on a ‘walk-in’ basis,” Huang finished. “We will continue to keep you informed when the vaccine is made available within the New York State guidelines. As we’ve stated before, this process will take several months.”

This report is current as of 3 p.m. Jan. 6.

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

  • Total # of tests conducted: 110,489
  • Total # of positive cases: 4,165
  • Total # of positive cases released: 3,013
  • Total deaths reported by the New York State Department of Health: 49
  • Total # of positive cases active: 1,103
  • Total # of negative results:  104,945
  • Total # of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine:  1,731

Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup reminded residents that the virus is widespread throughout the county and people should assume they can be exposed to COVID-19 anywhere they go in Central New York.

“I urge all of our residents to take action and do their part to stop the spread of this disease,” said Chairman Weatherup. “Wear a face mask over your nose and mouth in public, wash your hands frequently and practice social distancing. Comply with isolation and quarantine rules and, most importantly, avoid non-essential gatherings.”

Locations of potential public exposure are posted on the health department’s COVID-19 page at health.oswegocounty.com/covid-19. The public is urged to protect themselves as if they could potentially be exposed every time they are in public.

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.

Health officials strongly urge residents to take these precautions:

  • 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.

More information is posted on the health department’s COVID-19 page at health.oswegocounty.com/covid-19.

Call the Oswego County Health Department COVID-19 hotline at  315-349-3330 if you have any questions. The hotline will be closed Friday, Jan. 1 for New Year's Day. Otherwise, it is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For information about emotional supports, visit the Oswego County Department of Social Services Division of Mental Hygiene at www.oswegocounty.com/mentalhygiene.

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.