Larry King in hospital with COVID-19

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OSWEGO — Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced Tuesday, Jan. 12, that 70 additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive cases to 4,660. There are two additional COVID-19 related deaths in Oswego County.

“Every death is an unfortunate development in our efforts to fight this virus and something that we never want to see,” said Huang. “I would like to express our condolences to the families and friends of these two patients.”

Huang added, “We must all do our part to protect our families and communities. Those who test positive should isolate themselves at home until contacted by the health department. Protective measures such as face-masking and avoiding non-essential gatherings must become our personal priorities if we hope to stem the rising tide of new infections. This is paramount to preventing future deaths.”

The COVID-19 vaccine is becoming available, on a limited scale, through the New York State Vaccination Program. The State’s Department of Health has set strict schedules for priority groups to be vaccinated and Oswego Health and the Oswego County Health Department are executing vaccinations according to that guidance.

Last week, Governor Cuomo announced several more groups that are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition to the frontline health care workers in phases 1a and 1b who haven’t been vaccinated yet, those now eligible to receive the vaccine include individuals aged 65 and older, those who are immuno-compromised, first responders, public safety officers, teachers and other school staff, in-person college instructors, childcare workers, public-facing grocery store workers, transit workers and individuals living and working in homeless shelters.

“Given the priority groups established by New York State and the 15 to 30 minutes of post-injection observation recommended by the CDC, the health department cannot operate clinics on a ‘walk-in’ or ‘drive-thru’ basis,” Huang said, “As we’ve stated before, this process will take several months. We will continue to keep you informed when the vaccine is made available and how to schedule an appointment following the New York State guidelines.”

This report is current as of 3 p.m. Jan. 12.

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

Total - of tests conducted: 116,014

Total - of positive cases: 4,660

Total - of positive cases released: 3,429

Total deaths reported by the New York State Department of Health: 57

Total - of positive cases active: 1,174

Total - of negative results: 109,760

Total - of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 1,708

Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup reminded 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,” said Chairman Weatherup. “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 potential 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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