County COVID numbers rise

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OSWEGO — Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced Thursday, Oct. 15, that six additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive cases to 713. Six hundred sixty-six people have been released from isolation. There are four confirmed COVID-19 related deaths in Oswego County.

“Today is Global Handwashing Day, which highlights the importance of using soap to wash your hands,” said Huang. “The effectiveness of using soap when handwashing to prevent diseases and save lives cannot be understated. The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us that good hand hygiene is a fundamental component to good overall health. I ask all county residents to continue being diligent with their handwashing along with other preventative efforts to control the spread of the virus.”

Diane Oldenburg, senior public health educator with the Oswego County Health Department added, “Handwashing is a frontline defense against the spread of disease. It only takes 20 seconds to wash infection-causing germs away before they get a chance to infect you, and before you touch surfaces that could help spread the germs to other people. It is a simple step that can help prevent the spread of diseases like the coronavirus and influenza. Join us in fighting the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases by remembering to wash your hands frequently.”

The Oswego County Health Department continues to monitor COVID-19 activity throughout the county. “We are working closely with the state Department of Health and local entities to implement preventative measures,” Huang said.

COVID-19 has been identified in every city and town in Oswego County.

This report is current as of 3 p.m. Oct. 15.

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

- Total - of tests conducted: 55,318

- Total - of positive cases: 713

- Total - of positive cases released: 666

- Total deaths: 4

- Total - of positive cases active: 43

- Total - of negative results: 54,454

- Total - of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 176

Antibody report is current as of 3 p.m. Oct. 15

This does not include Price Chopper data previously collected by the state Department of Health.

- Total - of positive antibody tests: 86

- Total - of negative antibody tests: 3,426

The Oswego County Health Department investigates all cases and, when appropriate, family members and close contacts are also placed in mandatory quarantine or isolation. All known close contacts of COVID-19 positive patients are notified.

In the event that a person who tests positive for COVID-19 had public exposure when they were contagious and the health department could not contact those at risk individually, a news release is issued. Investigations go back two days prior to symptom onset for symptomatic positive patients, or two days prior to testing for asymptomatic positive patients, up until the time a positive patient is isolated.

Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup urges residents to continue to take every necessary precaution to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. He also reminds businesses and organizations that they must follow New York State guidance in their operations.

“The data shows that COVID-19 is still active in our community,” said Chairman Weatherup. “We must continue to take personal responsibility and help prevent the spread of the disease.”

Health officials urge residents to take these precautions:

- Wear a face mask or covering over your nose and mouth.

- Keep six feet from other people.

- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating.

- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

- Stay home if you are sick unless you are seeking health care.

- Call your healthcare provider from home if you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath.

- Call 911 if you are experiencing life-threatening conditions.

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.

Residents are asked to continue monitoring reliable sources of information. Go to or for the latest news releases, updates and video presentations. For more information go to

Additional questions can be directed to the Oswego County Health Department COVID-19 hotline at 315-349-3330 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information about emotional supports, visit the Oswego County Department of Social Services Division of Mental Hygiene at

Oswego County presents videos highlighting various COVID-19 topics on Tuesday afternoons. They are posted on Oswego County’s COVID-19 playlist on YouTube, Facebook and the county government website at

New York State provides online links to report violations of health and safety restrictions and requirements for businesses, gatherings and individuals. To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community, go to To file a complaint against your employer or place of work, go to

Under New York State Public Health Law, the Oswego County Health Department is the sole local public health authority regarding the COVID-19 pandemic response over all persons and entities within the County of Oswego. The Oswego County Health Department works closely with New York State Department of Health regarding COVID-19 monitoring, response and reporting.

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