COVID-19 report for November 1, 2021
OSWEGO COUNTY – Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang announced today, November 1, that an additional 383 residents tested positive for COVID-19 last week. This brings the cumulative total number of positive cases since the county began monitoring COVID-19 in March 2020 to 12,942.
Currently, there are 403 active positive cases and five other deaths linked to COVID-19.
âI am sorry to report that we have lost five other neighbors due to this disease,â Huang said. “Our condolences go out to their families and friends.”
The number of new cases in Oswego County has declined from recent weeks and the number of vaccinations continues to slowly increase. Only 55.5% of residents are now fully vaccinated.
Huang said the COVID-19 virus is still active in our county, putting those who are not or not fully vaccinated at a higher risk of contracting the disease and developing severe cases.
âA lot of people think that those who have already contracted the virus now have naturally acquired immunity against it,â he said. “However, a recent study reported that unvaccinated adults who have previously been infected with COVID-19 are five times more likely to be hospitalized with the virus than those who are fully vaccinated.”
He added: âI encourage those who are eligible for the vaccine to get vaccinated and help us protect our communities. The vaccine will protect you and your family, as well as those who are not eligible to receive the vaccine themselves. By working together we can make this county safer and healthier. “
This report is up to date at 1 p.m. on November 1.
- Total number of currently active positive cases: 403
- Total number of people currently in isolation / mandatory quarantine: 1,179
The following numbers are cumulative since the county began monitoring COVID-19 in March 2020. They are updated weekly to show new cases or changes. Those who have been released are not removed from the cumulative total of positive cases.
- Total number of tests performed: 309,198
- Total number of negative results: 292,168
- Total number of positive cases: 12,942
- Total number of positive cases published: 12,427
- Total number of deaths reported by the New York State Department of Health: 120
COVID-19 vaccines are widely available from the county health department, area pharmacies and community health care clinics, and from local doctors and health care providers.
The Oswego County Health Department continues to host COVID-19 vaccination clinics from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.
This Wednesday, November 3, health service staff will administer the Pfizer (Comirnaty) and Janssen / Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the patient between 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and the Moderna vaccine between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. only.
This clinic includes the first, second or third dose of Pfizer (Comirnaty) or Moderna vaccines, the Janssen / Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine, and Pfizer (Comirnaty) and Janssen / Johnson & Johnson boosters. Those eligible for a recall must register in advance.
Separate clinics are planned for the Moderna recall. The first will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today, November 1 and the second is scheduled for Monday, November 8, also from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics are open to anyone eligible for the vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) is approved for people 12 years of age and older. Moderna and Janssen / Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for people 18 years of age and older. The Pfizer (Comirnaty) and Moderna vaccines are both two-dose vaccines and the Janssen / Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose vaccine.
Walk-ins are welcome; however, online registration is encouraged and appreciated for the efficiency of the clinic. People can pre-register online at https://health.oswegocounty.com/information/2019_novel_coronavirus/covid-19_vaccine.php or by calling the COVID-19 hotline at 315-349-3330.
The CDC recommends that people who have received the Janssen / Johnson & Johnson vaccine receive a booster injection with one of three available vaccines two months after their initial injection.
For those who have received the Pfizer (Comirnaty) or Moderna vaccines, the CDC says the following people SHOULD be boosted six months after their last dose:
- Those who are 65 and over.
- People aged 18 and over who live in a long-term care facility such as a nursing home.
- Those aged 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions (HIV, active cancer, COPD, asthma, chronic kidney disease, sickle cell disease, obesity, heart disease, chronic liver disease, immune deficiency, diabetes, or a history of solid organ or stem cell transplant, etc.).
The CDC further states that, for those who have received the Pfizer (Comirnaty) or Moderna vaccines, the following people MAY CHOOSE to receive a booster six months after their last dose:
- Those who are between 18 and 49 years old with certain underlying medical conditions mentioned above.
- Those between the ages of 18 and 64 and work in an environment that puts them at high risk of exposure to COVID-19. This includes first responders such as police, firefighters and healthcare workers, as well as those who work in grocery stores, food and farm sites, educational and child care facilities, manufacturing and transportation locations. in common, correctional facilities and the US Postal Service.
The Oswego County Office for Aging can help people aged 60 and over who need help using the internet to book an appointment. Call 315-349-3484.
Free transportation is provided for residents 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 to Saturday. Call 315-598-1514 to plan a trip in advance.
Oswego County Legislative Assembly Speaker James Weatherup reminds residents that Oswego County continues to have a high level of community transmission according to the CDC.
âIf you haven’t been vaccinated yet, now is the time to get vaccinated – not only to protect yourself, but also for your family and friends, as well as your community,â he said.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, chills, repeated tremors with chills, gastrointestinal illnesses, and further loss of taste or smell.
Residents are urged to continue taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:
- Get vaccinated if you are 12 years of age or older.
- Stay home if you are sick and keep your children home if they are sick.
- Wash your hands often.
- Keep a distance of six feet between yourself and those you don’t live with, especially if you haven’t been vaccinated.
- Wear a face mask in public spaces you visit or frequent, where you work, or in crowded outdoor areas, regardless of your immunization status.
- All residents should follow any COVID-19 prevention measures that local businesses and workplaces may have in place. Check the New York State website at forward.ny.gov for additional guidance.
For more information, visit the Oswego County Department of Health’s COVID-19 page at health.oswegocounty.com/covid-19 or call their COVID-19 hotline at 315-349- 3330. The telephone lines are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information on emotional supports, visit the Mental Hygiene Division of the Oswego County Social Services Department at www.oswegocounty.com/mentalhygiene.
Under the New York State Public Health Act, the Oswego County Department of Health is the local public health authority regarding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in County of Oswego. The Oswego County Department of Health is working closely with the New York State Department of Health regarding COVID-19 surveillance, response and reporting.