Oswego County: 12 new COVID cases

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced today, Oct. 12, that 12 additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday, Oct. 9, bringing the total number of positive cases to 697. Six hundred fifty-six people have been released from isolation.

There are four confirmed COVID-19 related deaths in Oswego County.

“We’ve recently seen increased cases of COVID-19 among adults across the county, many of which are not related to school or college activities. The health department is monitoring disease activity to identify trends in any age group or population within the county,” said Huang. “It is very important that everyone maintains preventive practices such as hand-washing, face-masking and social distancing. These measures will also help prevent infections from seasonal influenza as well; something to keep in mind as we are entering flu season

Huang said COVID-19 has been identified in every city and town in Oswego County. The County Health Department continues to work closely with the state Department of Health and local entities to monitor activity and implement preventive measures.

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

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

– Total # of tests conducted: 54,267
– Total # of positive cases: 697
– Total # of positive cases released: 656
– Total deaths: 4
– Total # of positive cases active: 37
– Total # of negative results: 53,427
– Total # of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 187

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.”