N.Y. COVID rate at pandemic low

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OSWEGO — Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced Tuesday, June 1, that 14 additional residents tested positive for COVID-19 over the last four days. This brings the total cumulative number of positive cases since the county began monitoring for COVID-19 in March 2020 to 8,071.

There were seven new cases on Saturday, three on Sunday, two on Monday and two today. There are currently 52 active positive cases.

“We are sad to report that we have lost another resident to COVID-19 over the past weekend,” said Huang. “This is the first COVID-19-related death in Oswego County since April 6. Every death is an unfortunate turn in our efforts to fight this virus and our condolences go out to the families and friends of this patient.”

As of today, 59.3% of Oswego county residents aged 18 years and over have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 49,649 residents have completed the vaccine series. For the population aged 65 years and over, Oswego County has vaccinated 83.5%, which continues to be higher than the statewide vaccination rate of 80% for that age group.

“Due to these high vaccination rates, Oswego County’s seven-day accumulated new case count today is 30, which is the lowest since the beginning of last November,” said Huang. “I encourage residents who have not yet done so, to get their vaccination. The vaccines are safe and effective. They prevent severe symptoms, hospitalization and death. They are also widely available now. They are free and do not require health insurance.”

This report is current as of 3 p.m. June 1.

Total - of positive cases currently active: 52

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: 223,188

Total - of negative results: 212,282

Total - of positive cases: 8,071

Total - of positive cases released: 7,928

Total deaths reported by the New York State Department of Health: 91

Total - of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 181

The Health Department continues to work with local schools to hold vaccination clinics across the county. Many of them are open to the public. Visit the department’s COVID-19 vaccine page for details. Go to https://health.oswegocounty.com/ and click on the link for “Local Information About the COVID-19 Vaccination.” All Oswego County COVID-19 vaccination clinic registration links are posted here.

Be sure to check back if a clinic looks like it doesn’t have any appointments available. Appointments may become available if other people cancel or re-schedule theirs or if more vaccine becomes available.

The Oswego County COVID-19 Hotline is also available to help people make appointments and answer any COVID-19-related questions. Starting tomorrow, June 2, it will be open from 8:30 am. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 315-349-3330.

The Oswego County Office for the Aging can also help people aged 60 and over who need help navigating the internet in making appointments. Call 315-349-3484 for assistance.

All those attending an Oswego County Health Department vaccination clinic must have proof of age to receive their shot. Proof of age can be a drivers’ license, birth certificate, passport or school ID. Those without an appointment and proof of age will not be vaccinated.

The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine approved for those aged 12 and above now. The Moderna and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccines are both only approved for those aged 18 and above. For information about the COVID-19 vaccines, click on the “Fact Sheet” link for each one at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.

The Oswego County Health Department has noticed that some individuals have been reluctant to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine because they don’t have health insurance.

“I want to reassure residents first that there is no charge for the vaccine itself,” said Supervising Public Health Nurse Jodi Martin, with the health department’s preventative services division. “Second, the small administrative fee that gets billed to health insurance will not be charged to individuals. No one will be turned away for lack of health insurance or the inability to pay the fee. All you need is an appointment and proof of age. Go online to our vaccination page or call the Hotline to make an appointment and get vaccinated today.”

Free transportation is provided to residents to go to COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites through a partnership between Oswego County and Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. Rides are available between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 315-598-1514 to schedule a ride in advance.

Chairman Weatherup reminds residents that the virus continues to be active 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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