Oswego County: 20 positive

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Health Department and community partners continue to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup is urging residents to take every necessary precaution to avoid public places and groups of people as much as possible during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Residents of all ages throughout Oswego County should diligently practice frequent hand-washing and social distancing to prevent the virus from continuing to spread.

Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said, “COVID-19 has come to Oswego County and is across central New York. It is no longer simply a travel-related issue, it is also being transmitted in the community. It is so important that we all follow the crucial measures I’ve outlined below. Social distancing will
help to slow the spread of the virus in our community and limit your chance of exposure.”

This report is current as of 5 p.m. March 31.

These numbers fluctuate frequently. People are monitored for a variety of reasons. Some have been tested and are home waiting for results, some may be returning travelers, and some are the result of community transmission. As the number of people getting tested increases, the number of people monitored will increase.

Please know that these numbers will be very fluid; once negative tests come in (meaning a person is not infected), some may be released from monitoring.

– Total # people tested: 430
– Total # of positive cases: 20
– Total # of negative results: 290
– Total # pending results: 116
– Total # of people in precautionary quarantine: 119
– Total # of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 76
– Total positive recovered: 1
– Total completed/released monitoring: 287

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. The county health department follows NYS Department of Health guidelines for who should be quarantined and tested for coronavirus.

Officials urge all residents across Oswego County to take personal responsibility and follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
– Stay home as much as possible.
– Avoid non-essential gatherings of all types and sizes. (All non-essential gatherings of any size are banned.)
– 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
– Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
– Stay home if you are sick.
– Call your healthcare provider from home if you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
– Do not go to urgent care or an emergency department unless you are experiencing life-threatening conditions.
– Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Dr. Christina Liepke, Medical Director for the Oswego County Health Department, teamed up with Jamie Leszczynski, Senior Director of Communications for Oswego Health, to create a video to address the challenges people are facing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The video is posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ppr9h6XC_nY&feature=youtu.be and on the Oswego Health and Oswego County Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/oswegohealthcare/,
https://www.facebook.com/oswegocounty/ and https://www.facebook.com/OswegoHealthDpt/.

Residents are asked to continue monitoring reliable sources of information. Go to
https://health.oswegocounty.com/information/2019_novel_coronavirus/index.php for the latest news releases, daily updates, and video presentations or visit oswegocounty.com or health.ny.gov or cdc.gov.

Oswego County presents videos highlighting various COVID-19 topics on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They are scheduled to be posted by 4:30 p.m. on Oswego County’s COVID-19 YouTube playlist, Facebook and the county government website at oswegocounty.com.

Additional questions can be directed to the Oswego County Health Department COVID-19 hotline at 315-349- 3330 or the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

For more information about emotional supports, visit the Oswego County Department of Social Services Division of Mental Hygiene at
www.oswegocounty.com/mentalhygiene.