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OSWEGO — Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced Monday, April 12, that 62 additional residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total cumulative number of positive cases since the county began monitoring for COVID-19 in March 2020 to 7,280.

“The 62 new positive cases reported today are a combined total from the last three days,” said Huang. “On Saturday, there were 25 new cases; 14 on Sunday, and 23 today. Currently, there are 204 active positive cases.”

As Oswego County Health Department staff continue to monitor coronavirus activity, they have noticed that new positive case numbers are relatively stable when compared to recent increases elsewhere in the state and nation. However, the numbers also remain consistently higher than those reported pre-peak last year.

“This means that the virus is still very active in our county,” Huang said. “We ask residents to collaborate with us to protect our families and communities. As we continue to promote and administer the vaccine, eligible residents should sign up for an appointment as soon as they are able. Please remember that if you are signing up for either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, they both require two shots. Be sure you can keep both appointments and receive both doses so you can get fully vaccinated.

“Regardless of your vaccine status,” he added. “Please continue to follow the safety protocols. Remember the three Ws: Wear a mask; Watch your distance; and Wash your hands frequently. These things will help us get through this pandemic.”

This report is current as of 3 p.m. April 12.

Total - of positive cases currently active: 204

The following numbers are cumulative since the county began monitoring COVID-19 in March 2020. They are updated weekdays to show new cases or changes. Those who have been released are not removed from the running total.

Total - of tests conducted: 185,118

Total - of negative results: 175,304

Total - of positive cases: 7,280

Total - of positive cases released: 6,986

Total deaths reported by the New York State Department of Health: 90

Total - of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 480

Appointments are still available for the free COVID-19 rapid testing offered by the Oswego County Health Department and Pulaski Urgent Care. The latter’s mobile testing unit will be at Cayuga Community College, 11 River Glen Drive, Fulton from 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow, April 13. Registration is required. Go to https://health.oswegocounty.com/information/2019_novel_coronavirus/free_covid-19_testing.php.

Huang advises residents to make an appointment and get vaccinated as soon as they can. “There are more agencies in the county that can administer the vaccine to more people now,” he said. “They include Oswego Hospital, Connext Care, and many local pharmacies.”

Chairman Weatherup reminds residents that the virus continues to be widespread across the county and people should assume they can be exposed to COVID-19 anywhere they go in Central New York. “As restrictions continue to be lifted, I urge all of our residents to protect themselves every time they are in public. Now is not the time to let our guard down.”

Locations of recent public exposure are posted on the health department’s COVID-19 page at health.oswegocounty.com/covid-19.

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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