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OSWEGO — Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced Thursday, Feb. 25, that 12 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 6,266. There are currently 143 active positive cases.

“We are happy to report that the new positive case counts remain low,” said Huang. “Even so, we cannot let up on our preventative measures. The virus continues to be active in our community and we are still facing emerging coronavirus variants and relative vaccine shortage as this pandemic goes on. I urge our residents to continue practicing safe behaviors such as wearing a face mask, social distancing, washing their hands frequently and avoiding non-essential gatherings.”

Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup added, “This news is very encouraging. It shows that the work we’ve done is making a difference against the virus. Still, we’re not out of the woods yet. We’re increasing COVID-19 testing, tracing close contacts and vaccinating eligible people as soon as we have vaccine available. We ask residents to remain patient and maintain safety protocols.”

The Oswego County Health Department is partnering with Pulaski Urgent Care to bring free COVID-19 rapid testing to various sites around the county. The next stop for the mobile unit will be at the Oswego High School, 2 Buccaneer Blvd., Oswego. It runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2. Registration is required. Go to https://health.oswegocounty.com/information/2019_novel_coronavirus/free_covid-19_testing.php.

A partnership between Oswego County and Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. provides free transportation for residents to go to COVID-19 test and vaccination sites. Transportation is available between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 315-598-1514 to schedule a ride in advance.

This report is current as of 3 p.m. Feb. 25.

Total - of positive cases currently active: 143

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: 149,415

Total - of negative results: 141,008

Total - of positive cases: 6,266

Total - of positive cases released: 6,034

Total deaths reported by the New York State Department of Health: 89

Total - of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 351

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 their enthusiasm for taking this next step toward ending the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Huang. “At this time, requests for the vaccine still outnumber the amount of vaccine that is available. 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 announce scheduled clinics and the targeted populations to be vaccinated by the local health department as directed by the state.”

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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