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OSWEGO — Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced Thursday, April 22, that 24 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 7,521. There are currently 230 active positive cases.

Huang reminds residents that the virus is still active in our community. “Over the last several weeks, the County’s weekly accumulated new case counts have been around 160,” he said. “Our community remains at a ‘high community transmission’ level, according to the CDC report. This puts us with 44% of counties across the country and closer to 90% of counties across the state.”

The health department has noticed new trends in recent reports. “More younger people have contracted the virus compared to two months ago and, for the last week or so, many of the reported cases were related to recent travel,” Huang said. “We have also observed micro-clusters in households and groups in recent days.”

“Now is not the time to scale down our preventative efforts,” he said. “Get vaccinated if you are eligible. Wear a face mask, maintain social distancing and wash your hands frequently. Please, do your part to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community from further spread of the virus.”

This report is current as of 3 p.m. April 2.

Total - of positive cases currently active: 230

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: 193,745

Total - of negative results: 183,687

Total - of positive cases: 7,521

Total - of positive cases released: 7,201

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

Total - of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 530

The Oswego County Health Department has again joined forces with SUNY Oswego to offer a vaccination clinic. It is scheduled for Monday, April 26 at Laker Hall. Appointments for first doses of the Moderna vaccine are available from 4 to 6 p.m. Those who sign up for this clinic must be able to return on Monday, May 24 for their second dose.

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.

“With vaccine eligibility now open – and with the ongoing pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine – clinics will likely fill more quickly,” said Huang. “Still, if a clinic looks like it doesn’t have any appointments available, keep checking back. Appointments may become available if other people cancel or re-schedule theirs.”

Huang also encourages people who have had their first dose to not skip their appointments for the second dose. “The Moderna vaccine is a two-shot series that requires a second dose in 28 days,” he said. “If you want to be fully protected, you should not skip this appointment. Changing the date of the second dose delays full protection of the vaccine against the virus.”

He went on to explain that the health department receives second-dose vaccines based on the number of first-dose vaccines administered. “They are also scheduled to arrive for the due date of the second shot,” he said. “Logistically, it’s very difficult to give people a second shot at a later date based on the use and storage guidelines we must adhere to.”

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

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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