N.Y. COVID infection rate lowest since November

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OSWEGO — Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced Friday, Feb. 12, that 25 additional residents have 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 6,042. There are currently 197 active positive cases.

He also reported another COVID-19-related death. “This marks the 87th death of one of our neighbors. I would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this patient.”

As the Oswego County Health Department continues to monitor COVID-19 activities in the county, Huang said, “Despite this new loss, we have noticed that both hospitalization rates and deaths are down in the past two weeks or more. The number of new positive cases in the daily reports are also drastically reduced.”

He also said that the county is bringing together all of its resources to make sure that the vaccine allotted to them each week is administered in a timely fashion to the populations it is directed to vaccinate by the state.

“Even as new positive case counts are reduced and more vaccine is administered, we should not relax our efforts in practicing safety measures,” said Huang. “Scientists have been watching new COVID-19 virus variants in the past months and warn that one of them may spread throughout the country in March. Even though the variant might not be more virulent than what we have experienced so far, we have seen the toll that high case counts take on the vulnerable populations in hospitalization rates and death counts. As a community, we must continue our efforts to protect ourselves, our families and our neighbors. Wear a face mask, social distance, wash your hands frequently and avoid non-essential gatherings.”

Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup added, “Our County Health Department and our health care partners in the community are doing their very best to get people vaccinated. Unfortunately, we have no control on the supply of vaccine. We can, however, help people get to their COVID-19 testing or vaccination appointments if they are having transportation issues. We are partnering with Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. to provide free transportation to our residents.”

The Oswego County Health Department is also partnering with Pulaski Urgent Care to bring free COVID-19 rapid tests in its mobile unit to various locations around the county. Testing will be offered to those who live and work in Oswego County. Additional sites and details will be announced when they are finalized.

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

Total - of positive cases currently active: 197

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

Total - of tests conducted: 141,340

Total - of negative results: 133,246

Total - of positive cases: 6,042

Total - of positive cases released: 5,758

Total deaths reported by the New York State Department of Health: 87

Total - of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 624

The Oswego County Health Department is administering vaccines to eligible groups in the most efficient way possible. For details, please go to the New York State phased distribution guidelines at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine-phase-1a---phase-1b.

“It is wonderful to know that many of our community members are anxious for this vaccine and we share in the enthusiasm for taking this next step toward ending the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Huang. “Currently in New York State, requests for vaccine far outnumber available vaccine and we continue to ask for patience as we work through this process together. As vaccine becomes available in Oswego County for eligible groups, we will notify appropriate employers of scheduled clinics. Inconsistent vaccine supply makes vaccine clinic planning difficult, and the small amount of vaccine supply that Oswego County has received is not enough to meet Phase 1a and 1b groups, and our senior citizens’ needs.”

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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