N.Y. COVID infection rate lowest since November

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OSWEGO — Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced Friday, Jan. 22, that 62 additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive cases to 5,331. There are three additional COVID-19-related deaths.

“We are sad to report the loss of three more neighbors,” said Huang. “I would like to express our condolences to the families and friends of these patients for their loss.

Oswego County Senior Public Health Educator Diane Oldenburg reminds residents that many schools are bringing students back to classrooms this week. “It’s important for parents to remember that children should not be sent to school if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms,” she said. “This includes congestion, runny nose, fever, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

She added, “Many people who have tested positive for COVID-19 believe that they only have a cold or allergy symptoms. It’s important that you contact your health care provider if you or your children are experiencing any new or worsening symptoms. Getting tested allows the Health Department to start contact tracing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in families, schools and workplaces.”

Huan added, “We must all do our part to protect our families and communities to reduce the number of positive cases and prevent future deaths. I urge residents to be diligent in their preventative measures. Wear a face mask, social distance, wash your hands frequently and avoiding non-essential gatherings.”

In the battle against the coronavirus, Huang said that the COVID-19 vaccine has brought both hope and frustration to residents. “Receiving ample supplies of the vaccine remains our biggest challenge,” said Huang. “It makes it difficult for us to plan clinics, and for our eligible residents to get vaccinations. While we finally had enough vaccines to hold our first large-scale clinics, we know there are many more still looking for an appointment. I understand that it’s frustrating right now, and as soon as we get more vaccines, we will be able to hold more clinics.”

Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup said, “Our County Health department and our health care partners are doing their very best to deploy the vaccine within the guidance and the allotments that New York State has given us. We demonstrated our capabilities in our first large-scale vaccination clinic, which went very well, showing that we simply need more vaccines to meet the demand. We are committed to this cause; getting all eligible residents vaccinated as quickly as possible. We are in constant communication with state health officials and the Governor’s office to request more vaccine for Oswego County. We just ask our residents to be patient until we can get sufficient rations of the vaccine.”

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

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

Total - of tests conducted: 126,061

Total - of positive cases: 5,331

Total - of positive cases released: 4,428

Total deaths reported by the New York State Department of Health: 74

Total - of positive cases active: 829

Total - of negative results: 118,873

Total - of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 1,360

Chairman Weatherup reminds 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,” he said. “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 recent 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.

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