Larry King in hospital with COVID-19

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OSWEGO — Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced Saturday, Jan. 9, that 58 additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive cases to 4,376.

There are two additional COVID-19 related deaths in Oswego County.

“I would like to express our condolences to the families and friends of these two patients,” said Huang. “This is a reminder that the virus is rampant in our county and we all must do our part to protect our families and communities. We must reduce the number of positive cases. 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 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. 9.

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

Total - of tests conducted: 113,845

Total - of positive cases: 4,376

Total - of positive cases released: 3,277

Total deaths reported by the New York State Department of Health: 53

Total - of positive cases active: 1,046

Total - of negative results: 107,882

Total - of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 1,620

Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup reminds residents to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. “It will take time to get most of the population vaccinated,” he said. “Until then, I urge residents to be vigilant in their protection practices and follow all COVID-19 protocols. 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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