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OSWEGO — Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced Monday, Jan. 11, that 85 additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive cases to 4,590.

“We must all do our part to protect our families and communities,” Huang urged residents. “Those who test positive should isolate themselves at home until contacted by the health department. Protective measures such as face-masking and avoiding non-essential gatherings must become our personal priorities if we hope to stem the rising tide of new infections. This is paramount to preventing future deaths.”

The COVID-19 vaccine is becoming available, on a limited scale, through the New York State Vaccination Program. The State’s Department of Health has set strict schedules for priority groups to be vaccinated and Oswego Health and the Oswego County Health Department are executing vaccinations according to that guidance.

Huang said that emergency response and frontline health care workers are currently being vaccinated. “This includes out-patient health care workers, public health staff, dentists, diagnostic and treatment center staff, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, hospice and home care workers, residents of nursing homes and staff of skilled nursing facilities and adult care facilities,” he explained. “The next priority group will include residents aged 75 and older and essential workers as defined by NYSDOH.

“Given the priority groups established by New York State and the 15 to 30 minutes of post-injection observation recommended by the CDC, the health department cannot operate clinics on a ‘walk-in’ or ‘drive-thru’ basis,” Huang said, “As we’ve stated before, this process will take several months. We will continue to keep you informed when the vaccine is made available and how to schedule an appointment following the New York State guidelines.”

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

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

Total - of tests conducted: 115,189

Total - of positive cases: 4,590

Total - of positive cases released: 3,391

Total deaths reported by the New York State Department of Health: 55

Total - of positive cases active: 1,144

Total - of negative results: 109,053

Total - of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 1,654

The Oswego County Health Department is also investigating three confirmed cases of COVID-19. Anyone who visited the following stores or restaurant may have been exposed to the virus and should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days.

Walmart Supercenter, 1818 NYS Rte. 3, Fulton; between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6

Thrifty Shopper, 57 E. Bridge St., Oswego; between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on both Monday, Jan. 4 and Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Dahl’s Diner, 5125 NYS Rte. 104, Oswego; between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3 and between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4.

Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup reminded 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,” said Chairman Weatherup. “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 potential 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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