Potential exposure of COVID-19 at Fajita Grill in Oswego

OSWEGO — Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced Sept. 11, that 21 additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive cases to 415. Most of the cases came from SUNY Oswego and one case from St. Francis Assisted Living Facility. Three hundred nineteen people have recovered and are no longer in mandatory isolation. There are four confirmed COVID-19 related deaths in Oswego County.

“The Oswego County Health Department is closely working with the state Department of Health to address the increase of positive cases in the county,” said Huang. “It is critical that residents everywhere follow the re-opening guidelines. We all must wear our face masks and be diligent about handwashing and maintaining social distance to avoid an outbreak.”

Terry Gorman, CEO of St. Francis Assisted Living Facility, said, “We continue to conduct regular testing according to county health department guidelines and promptly notify our staff, residents and families in the event of a positive result in keeping with our protocol.”

COVID-19 has been identified in every city and town in Oswego County.

This report is current as of 3 p.m. Sept. 11.

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

• Total - of tests conducted: 41,158

• Total - of positive cases: 415

• Total - of positive cases recovered: 319

• Total deaths: 4

• Total - of positive cases active: 92

• Total - of negative results: 40,559

• Total - of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 269

The Oswego County Health Department investigates all cases and, when appropriate, family members and close contacts are also placed in mandatory quarantine or isolation. All known close contacts of COVID-19 positive patients are notified.

In the event that a person who tests positive for COVID-19 had public exposure when they were contagious and the health department could not contact those at risk individually, a news release is issued. Investigations go back two days prior to symptom onset for symptomatic positive patients, or two days prior to testing for asymptomatic positive patients, up until the time a positive patient is isolated.

Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup urges residents to continue to take every necessary precaution to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. He also reminds businesses and organizations that they must follow New York State guidance and submit a re-opening plan to the state before they can resume serving customers.

“The data shows that COVID-19 is still in our community,” said Chairman Weatherup. “We must continue to take personal responsibility and help prevent the spread of the disease.”

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.

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.

Residents are asked to continue monitoring reliable sources of information. Go to oswegocounty.com or health.oswegocounty.com/covid-19 for the latest news releases, updates and video presentations. For more information go to cdc.gov.

Additional questions can be directed to the Oswego County Health Department COVID-19 hotline at 315-349-3330 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The hotline will also be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13.

For information about emotional supports, visit the Oswego County Department of Social Services Division of Mental Hygiene at www.oswegocounty.com/mentalhygiene.

Oswego County presents videos highlighting various COVID-19 topics on Tuesday afternoons. They are posted on Oswego County’s COVID-19 playlist on YouTube, Facebook and the county government website at oswegocounty.com.

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.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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