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OSWEGO — Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced Tuesday, April 27, that 40 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 7,626. There are currently 212 active positive cases.

“Although nearly 40% of our residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine and the seven-day accumulated positive case counts are at the lowest point in the last six weeks, we continue to fluctuate between the CDC’s ‘high’ and ‘significant’ community transmission levels,” Huang said. “In addition, today’s new case count is 40, the highest in the last five weeks. These things show us that, while we’ve made some progress, we need to keep working on reducing transmission in our communities.”

He added, “Vaccination is key to moving us forward. We need to vaccinate many more residents to reach herd immunity. I urge those who are eligible to make an appointment and get vaccinated.”

He also reminded residents to continue following COVID-19 protocols. “Please, wear a mask, maintain social distance and wash your hands frequently,” he said. “These are the best ways to help prevent the spread of the virus and reduce the number of positive cases.”

This report is current as of 3 p.m. April 27.

Total - of positive cases currently active: 212

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: 197,928

Total - of negative results: 187,764

Total - of positive cases: 7,626

Total - of positive cases released: 7,324

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

Total - of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 506

The Oswego County Health Department will host a series of mini-clinics to vaccinate residents in the coming week. The first will be tomorrow, April 28 from 3 to 3:30 p.m., the second will be on Monday, May 3 from 3 to 4 p.m., and the third will be on Wednesday, May 5 from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

The Moderna vaccine will be administered at all three of these clinics, which will be held at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego. Those who sign up for these clinics must be able to return 28 days later for their second dose.

The link to register for the clinics is now posted on the health department’s COVID-19 vaccine page. 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.

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.

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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