Officials: COVID cases drop, but not enough

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OSWEGO — Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced Monday, May 3, that 47 additional residents tested positive for COVID-19 in the last three days.

On Saturday, 17 new positive cases were reported, with 19 reported on Sunday, and 11 reported today. This brings the total cumulative number of positive cases since the county began monitoring for COVID-19 in March 2020 to 7,746. There are currently 180 active positive cases.

“The coronavirus remains active in our communities,” Huang said. “Getting vaccinated and following COVID-19 protocols are the best ways to defeat it and end this pandemic. If you are eligible to receive the vaccine, please, make an appointment today to get vaccinated. There are many places that now offer the vaccine.”

He added, “Regardless of your vaccination status, please continue to practice the three Ws: Wear a mask; Watch your distance; and Wash your hands frequently.”

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

Total - of positive cases currently active: 180

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: 203,371

Total - of negative results: 193,047

Total - of positive cases: 7,746

Total - of positive cases released: 7,476

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

Total - of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 488

The Oswego County Health Department will host another mini-clinic to vaccinate residents on Wednesday, May 5 from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

The Moderna vaccine will be administered at the clinic, which will be held at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego. Those who sign up for the clinics must be able to return 28 days later for their second dose.

The link to register for the clinics is 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 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.

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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