Coronavirus cancellations/changes in operations

OSWEGO COUNTY - Due to recent coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns the following events have been canceled or hours of operation have been changed:

The West Monroe Fire Department pancake breakfast scheduled on Sunday, April 5, have been canceled.

The fifth Annual March Meatball Madness Spaghetti dinner scheduled in Scriba on March 28 is being postponed.

The Oswego Music Hall has canceled all shows scheduled for the month of March. Visit the website at oswegomusichall.org for up to date information and any additional cancellations and changes.

The Pennellville United Methodist Church free dinner scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 has been cancelled.

The Oswego Players, Inc. have canceled their production of “Dearly Departed” which was scheduled to open March 27. They will be providing refunds or a “rain check”. They plan on rescheduling the show in the near future.

The Oswego Lions Club’s 22nd Annual Wine and Beer Tasting with Silent Auction which was set for Friday, March 27 at the American Foundry in Oswego has been canceled.

The Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County (CAC) has announced that the 9th Annual Wing Fest presented by Noveilis has been reschedule and will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, East First Street in Oswego. “For those that already had tickets for the April 4 event date, we will be happy to honor your ticket on May 9. Wing Fest will be the same great event that the community loves and looks forward to each year. And this year we will have even more restaurants serving up their favorite wings. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, now you have a little more time so make the best of it and purchase your tickets soon before they’re gone,” said Tory DeCaire, executive director of CAC. “If you have any further questions, please reach out to the CAC Development Office at (315) 592-4452 x 3143 or email: cac@oswegocac.org and we will be happy to assist you.”

The planning committee for the 14th annual St. Baldrick’s Day in Oswego County has come up with a revised plan for the event that was scheduled for March 29. They have decided to postpone the event, tentatively re-scheduling for Sunday, June 14 same location, same hours. The website (www.stbaldricks.org) and account will remain active throughout, so donations can continue to be processed. Instead of holding on to cash and checks until June, they ask that participants refer to the “How to submit your donations” section of the Shavee Tips page (click on the Resource Lounge to find these links).

The First United Methodist Church of Mexico’s Monday’s Meal program is temporarily suspended effective March 15 until further notice. They apologize for this disruption of service and will notify the public when they can safely resume meals.

Due to recent developments surrounding the COVID-19 virus, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County in collaboration with Oswego County Soil and Water, USDA Farm Service Agency and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service have canceled the upcoming 6th Annual Ag Agency Awareness Day that was set for Wednesday, April 1 at the VFW in Mexico. If there are any questions, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County at 315-963-7286.

The Oswego County Health Department will close all clinics effective the week of March 23, until further notice, in response to the current outbreak of coronavirus. For more information about coronavirus, visit the Oswego County Health Department at health.oswegocounty.com/covid-19. Additional questions can be directed to the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the Oswego County Health Department COVID-19 hotline at 315-349-3330.

The Lenten luncheons which were being held until April 1 at the Church of the Resurrection in Oswego have been canceled.

All Oswego County Civil Service exams scheduled for March 28 and April 4 have been postponed until further notice. Candidates will receive additional information in the mail. All candidates will be notified when exams have been rescheduled. The Oswego County Human Resources Department is exercising preventative measures and asks those who wish to submit an exam or recruitment application, or to make a retiree health benefit payment, to mail to Oswego County Human Resources Department, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego, NY 13126. Applications may also be sent via email to humanresources@oswegocounty.com. Visit the department’s website at www.oswegocounty.com/humanresources for additional information. To reach the Human Resources Department, call 315-349-8209 weekdays or email humanresources@oswegocounty.com.

In growing concern for the safety and health of the CNY Arts Center family and community and in light of increasing directives from state and local governments, the board of directors announced the Arts Center in Fulton will be closed until schools reopen. All classes and group meetings are cancelled and the office is closed. The production of Children of Eden has been rescheduled for Aug. 7-16. Eden tickets already purchased will be held as a credit at the box office. Contact the Arts Center to choose another performance date to attend or request a refund by contacting us at CNYArtsCenters@gmail.com. At this time, Frozen Jr is still scheduled to run May 1-17. Artists can access daily drawing activities for various ages and skill levels on the CNY Community Arts Center Facebook page. Visit the website for updates and ticket reservations at www.CNYArtsCenter.com and Facebook for the most up-to-date information about activities and ways to stay connected.

All meetings, dinners, activities, rehearsals, and worship services scheduled at the Minetto United Methodist Church are canceled until further notice. Persons needing pastoral services may contact the Rev. Guerschom Saint Ange at 914-602-4128. The church secretary, Michelle Archer, normally works Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. and can be reached at 315-343-3465.

The Callimachus Lodge 369 and Phoenix Elizabeth Chapter O.E.S. fish dinners that are held every Friday until April 10 at the Phoenix Masonic Lodge, 451 Main St., Phoenix are now cancelled.

Hours of Operation

Tops grocery stores are changing their hours of operation from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. to restock and continue to maintain the increased sanitation levels in their stores. Stores that typically open later and close earlier will maintain their existing hours of operation. This also pertains to Tops Fuel sites. These revised hours will be in effect until further notice. Tops Friendly Markets feel the need to address the concerns of the most vulnerable population, seniors 60 years of age and older. Effective Thursday, March 19 and until further notice, Tops will open its doors for this select audience only, allowing them to shop from 6–7:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Rest assured they will not be asking for identification as they trust the community will not abuse this privilege. Tops also has curbside and pickup delivery as an alternate shopping solution. Visit Topsmarkets.com to shop online.

As of 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 the Oswego Public Library is closed until further notice. All programs and meetings are cancelled.

The Salmon river Arts Center will be closing the gallery and canceling all classes and events at least through the end of March. For updates visit salmonriverfineartscenter.com or visit them on Facebook.

The Oswego County Veterans Service Agency is exercising preventative measures and will have intermittent office hours beginning March 17. Walk-in appointments on Tuesdays are suspended until further notice. Appointments are being be made on a case-by-case basis. Appointments will be held remotely via phone for established clients. New appointments can be made via the county website at oswegocounty.com/veterans_services. To reach the Veterans Service Office call 315-591-9100. After hours or if the office is closed, call 315-529-0454 or email veterans@oswegocounty.com.

The Oswego County Department of Motor Vehicle offices in Oswego and Pulaski will be open to Oswego County residents by appointment only beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18. The Fulton DMV office will remain closed to the public until further notice. Appointments can be made by calling (315) 349-8612 and will be scheduled every half-hour at either the Oswego or Pulaski DMV. Priority will be given to Oswego County residents.

The Oswego County Department of Social Services closed its Oswego County One Stop Career Centers in Fulton, and the Career Center at the Department of Social Services, Mexico effective Tuesday, March 17. The centers will be closed until at least April 15. Stacy Alvord, Commissioner of Social Services, said the Department of Social Services will continue to see walk-ins and people with emergency needs that require a face-to-face meeting. All program services will be available by phone. People should continue to report suspected child abuse or neglect as follows - however if they believe that a child is in immediate danger, they should call 911 or their local police department. The main phone number for the Fulton office is 315-591-9000 and for the Mexico office is 315-963-5000.

The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has directed all day service providers to temporarily suspend operations of day programs beginning March 17. At Oswego Industries and the Arc of Oswego County, two Fulton-based nonprofit agencies that support adults with developmental disabilities, these closures include Without Walls Day Habilitation, Seniors Day Habilitation, Group Day Habilitation, and Pre-Vocational Services. The Arc’s Respite and Community Habilitation programs will continue during this closure, as will Oswego Industries’ Community Habilitation program and Production contracts unless otherwise directed by federal, state or local entities. If people have concerns about meeting the immediate support needs of a loved one, reach out at oncall@oswegoind.org and they will work to identify alternative solutions.

CountryMax locations will be adjusting their business hours. They will now be open from 8 a.m-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sunday hours will remain 9 a.m.-5 p.m.. Store staffing has also been reduced where possible, but they will remain operational to make sure they can provide this essential animal health service. They are planning on remaining open, although are prepared to react if the manner in which they are open needs to be adjusted further to the rapidly changing situation around us all. If people do not feel well or choose not to visit the stores, remember they have at-home delivery or “buy online, pickup in-store” options available at www.countrymax.com.

Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and to further encourage social distancing, the Oswego County Clerk’s office has implemented the following protocols effective until further notice: In-person services will be limited to emergency court document filings and notary services only. Call (315) 349-8613 to schedule an appointment. The public is encouraged to continue to record and file documents via electronic means or by sending documents through the U.S. Postal Service. Many transactions can be accomplished through e-recording, e-filing, or the postal service. Contact the Clerk’s Office for more information. Many of the records maintained by the County Clerk’s office can be searched online at SearchIQS.com. Land records, judgements, liens, and business certificates are available at no charge; there is a minimal fee for printing copies or viewing certain documents. Pistol permit applications can be purchased in two ways: Call (315) 349-8620 with a credit card payment, or Mail a letter requesting a pistol permit application, with a $20 check made out to “Oswego County Clerk,” to Oswego County Clerk, Pistol Permits, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego, NY 13126. Passport and EZ-Pass transactions are suspended until further notice.

The H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego is now closed to the public and all scheduled programming is canceled until further notice, effective March 17. The health and safety of visitors, staff, volunteers, and the greater Oswego maritime community is the top priority. The Maritime Museum will provide regular updates on social media, as well as their website. Staff members will be available remotely to assist with research requests, future tour scheduling, donation/membership inquiries, and boat sales by calling 315-342-0480 or visit www.hlwmm.org or through social media at facebook.com/hlwmm and facebook.com/oswegolh.

Oswego Health is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of patients, visitors, staff and volunteers. They are carefully following the recommendations of the New York State Department of Health and the CDC. Effective immediately, they are suspending all visitation to Oswego Hospital, Fulton and Central Square Medical Centers, including urgent care and other Oswego Health regional campus sites, except when medically necessary (i.e. visitor is essential to the care of the patient) or for family members or legal representation of patients in imminent end-of-life situation.

Community Bank N.A. have made the proactive decision to close all branch lobbies and operate solely through available drive-thrus. Branches without drive-thru capabilities will close temporarily. All branch lobbies will be available by appointment only, including locations with and without drive-thru. ATMs and secure night depositories are available. Additionally, online, mobile and phone banking options will allow people the convenience of banking from home.

Harbor Lights has been serving Oswego County for 26 years providing substance abuse treatment for the 1 in 13 individuals suffering from substance abuse. This is close to 16,000 individuals. Currently coronavirus has 0 confirmed cases in Oswego County. The chance of an individual dying from substance abuse is significantly higher than dying from coronavirus. Harbor Lights is dedicated to continue providing service during this health crisis. Harbor Lights is taking significant precautions to prevent spread of coronavirus by screening all individuals daily entering the facility and significantly increasing theirsanitation procedures. They have also received certification to provide teleconference meeting between professional staff and clients for those who are unable to receive services on site. For further information call 315-963-0777 or visit our web site at harborlightscds.com.

Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and to further encourage social distancing, the Oswego County Treasurer’s Office is requesting people to use online resources, mail in documents, and make appointments for in-person services. The treasurer’s office has implemented the following procedures effective Thursday, March 19: Appointments are required for in-person services. Call (315) 349-8393 to schedule an appointment. The date an item is postmarked will be accepted as the date received by the treasurer’s office. The public is encouraged to continue to utilize the online X-PRESS PAY feature to make payments on the most recent delinquent taxes and or mail in payments via postal mail. Visit the treasurer’s office webpage for the X-PRESS PAY link and other information at www.oswegocounty.com/departments/finance_and_personnel/county_treasurer/index.php. Installment contract payments should be made with a check submitted through postal mail. Certificates of Residence will be accepted only via postal mail. Emails may be sent to: treasurer@oswegocounty.com.

The Oswego County Real Property Tax Service Office at 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego is closed beginning Thursday, March 19. The staff is working remotely during the COVID-19 outbreak. The staff may be reached by email at realprop@oswegocounty.com. Additional information about the department is available at https://www.oswegocounty.com/government/draft_section/index.php.

Departments located in the Oswego County Office Complex at 70 Bunner St., Oswego have adopted essential operating service procedures due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Until further notice, appointments must be made for in-person services at the Oswego County Health Department, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, and Oswego County Office for the Aging. Customers are asked to conduct business by phone or email. Those with appointments may enter the building through the Health Department main entrance or the Youth Bureau entrance. Oswego City-County Youth Bureau: Call 315-349-3452 or email brian.chetney@oswegocounty.com to make an appointment. For information on youth bureau services visit youthbureau.oswegocounty.com/. Office for the Aging: Call 315-349-3484 or email ofa@oswegocounty.com. For more information about OFA services visit ofa/oswegocounty.com Oswego County Health Department: COVID-19 Hotline, call 315-349-3330. For other services email healthdepartment@oswegocounty.com or call 315-349-3545. Visit the Health Department’s website at health.oswegocounty.com/ for additional information.

The Oswego County Probation Department Office at 39 Churchill Road, Oswego, and all out-station reporting sites for the probation department, are closed. The staff is working remotely. In order to reach a specific staff member, call their direct line and leave a message or contact them via email. Email addresses can be found on probation’s webpage at https://www.oswegocounty.com/probation. For general questions, call 315-349-3477 and leave a message. Calls will be forwarded to the appropriate staff member and returned as soon as possible. Restitution and DWI supervision fees continue to be collected. In order to make a payment, do so online using GovPayNet. Instructions can be found on the webpage above. Payments may also be made via the mail and must be in the form of a money order or cashier’s check.

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