N.Y. COVID rate at pandemic low

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OSWEGO — Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced Monday, May 24, that 28 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 8,034.

The 28 new positive cases reported today are a combined total from the last three days. There were 14 new cases reported on Saturday; seven new cases reported yesterday and another seven reported today. There are currently 93 active positive cases.

Oswego County continues to urge residents to get their COVID-19 vaccination. “Our residents’ vaccination coverage rates are increasing slowly,” said Huang. “But we hope they start to increase more quickly. Local evidence shows that the vaccine is working. Our daily new case counts are coming down and we have not lost a life to COVID-19 in more than a month. If you or your loved ones have not yet been vaccinated, and are of eligible age for the vaccine, please, make an appointment to get the shot. The vaccines are widely available now.”

This report is current as of 3 p.m. May 24.

Total - of positive cases currently active: 93

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: 219,329

Total - of negative results: 208,481

Total - of positive cases: 8,034

Total - of positive cases released: 7,851

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

Total - of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 333

The Health Department is offering a vaccination clinic tomorrow, May 25 at Hannibal High School, 928 Cayuga St., Hannibal. The Pfizer vaccine, which requires two doses, will be administered. Those who sign up for this clinic need to be able to return on Tuesday, June 15 for their second shot.

For information about the COVID-19 vaccines, click on the “Fact Sheet” link for each one at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.

All Oswego County vaccination clinic registration links are posted on the health department’s COVID-19 vaccine page. Go to https://health.oswegocounty.com/ and click on the link for “Local Information About the COVID-19 Vaccination.” The Oswego County COVID-19 Hotline is also open from 8:30 am. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to help people make appointments. Call 315-349-3330.

Be sure to check back if a clinic looks like it doesn’t have any appointments available. Appointments may become available if other people cancel or re-schedule theirs or if more vaccine becomes available.

All those attending an Oswego County Health Department vaccination clinic must have proof of age to receive their shot. The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine approved for those aged 12 and above now. The Moderna and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccines are both only approved for those aged 18 and above. Proof of age can be a drivers’ license, birth certificate, passport or school ID. Those without an appointment and proof of age will not be vaccinated.

The Oswego County Health Department has noticed that some individuals have been reluctant to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine because they don’t have health insurance. “I want to reassure residents first that there is no charge for the vaccine itself,” said Supervising Public Health Nurse Jodi Martin, with the health department’s preventative services division. “Second, the small administrative fee that gets billed to health insurance will not be charged to individuals. No one will be turned away for lack of health insurance or the inability to pay the fee. All you need is an appointment and proof of age. Go online to our vaccination page or call the Hotline to make an appointment and get vaccinated today.”

Free transportation is provided to residents to go to COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites through a partnership between Oswego County and Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. Rides are available between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 315-598-1514 to schedule a ride in advance.

The Oswego County Office for the Aging can also help people aged 60 and over who need help navigating the internet in making appointments. Call 315-349-3484 for assistance.

Chairman Weatherup reminds residents that the virus continues to be active 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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