COVID-19 Statistics Update, August 18, 2020 – Oswego County Today

James Weatherup briefs the public. Image from Oswego County Government’s YouTube channel.

OSWEGO COUNTY – According to the Oswego County Health Department, as of 3 p.m., there have been three additional cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) since yesterday.

The cumulative reported number is 277 cases across the county and of those, 254 have recovered and four have died.

Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup briefed the public today in his weekly video. In it, he discussed some new developments in reopening part of the economy. As of yesterday, bowling alleys are allowed to reopen at 50% maximum occupancy with strict safety protocols in place, such as every other lane being closed and face coverings and social distancing are required at all times.

Weatherup also said Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that gyms and fitness centers will be allowed to reopen beginning Monday, August 24.

“Again, there are many procedures in place that make this a safe experience for customers and employees,” Weatherup said. “Our county health department will be responsible for inspecting fitness center facilities to make sure they are adhering to the State Department of Health guidelines. Gyms and fitness centers will have a 33% capacity limit and face coverings will be required. Customers must remain six feet apart and the facilities must have appropriate ventilating systems.”

He also discussed the hit the hospitality industry has taken since weddings, conferences and other large gatherings have been disrupted. He said last week a federal judge allowed for wedding receptions to take place in venues if they follow the 50% capacity required, however, Cuomo and the state health commissioner disagree with the ruling.

“We hope to have a definitive answer very soon and we will keep you informed on these important developments,” Weatherup said.

Diane Oldenburg, senior public health educator for the Oswego County Health Department, discussed the recent cluster of cases found in association with Raby’s Ace Home Center in Oswego. Members of the public who visited the store between Wednesday, Aug. 5 and Thursday, Aug. 13 may have been exposed to the virus. 

More information on the cluster at Raby’s can be found here.

There was also a cluster of cases located at a sports camp outside the county and Oldenburg said close contacts have been identified, informed and are being monitored.

“This is a reminder that all of us need to take personal responsibility for preventing the spread of COVID-19 virus,” Oldenburg said. “Our investigations have often been complicated by the number of social gatherings that people are attending this summer. One infected individual can expose several others to COVID-19. This means continued spread with many more people under mandatory isolation or quarantine. It’s imperative that people practice physical distancing, wear a face covering when they can’t maintain a six foot space between them.”

Weatherup also discussed the last video in a weekly series highlighting the county’s “Strength”, “Hope”, “Collaboration” and “Perseverance” throughout the pandemic. The final video, “Perseverance,” is below.

More information on the video series can be found here.

Today’s statistics are below:

Oswego County: (as of 3 p.m.) Note, the total number of positive cases is cumulative and the number of recoveries and deaths are of those numbers.

  • Total # of active cases: 19 (yesterday: 16)
  • Total # of positive cases: 277 (yesterday: 274)
  • Total # of recoveries: 254 (no change from yesterday)
  • Total # of hospitalizations: 25 (no change from yesterday)
  • Total # of deaths: 4 (no change from yesterday)
  • Total # tests: 32,312 (yesterday: 32,178)
  • Total # of negative results: 31,825 (yesterday: 31,693)
  • Total # of people in mandatory isolation/quarantine: 103 (yesterday: 74)
  • Total # of positive antibody tests: 75 (as of Aug. 13)
  • Total # of negative antibody tests: 3,142 (as of Aug. 13)

The county has stopped releasing data for pending results, number of people in precautionary quarantine and total number completed/released from monitoring. Data will not be released on Saturdays or Sundays. Antibody test results are released once a week.

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.

Municipalities With Cases: Note: There have been no changes in the ranges from yesterday.

No confirmed cases: Albion

1-5 confirmed cases: Amboy, Boylston, Hannibal, Minetto, New Haven, Orwell, Palermo, Parish, Redfield, Sandy Creek, Williamstown

6-10 confirmed cases: Mexico, Oswego Town, West Monroe

11-20 confirmed cases: Constantia, Granby, Richland, Scriba, Volney

21-30 confirmed cases: Hastings, Schroeppel

31-40 confirmed cases: City of Oswego

41-50 confirmed cases: No municipality

Over 50 confirmed cases: City of Fulton

County Updates:

  • The Oswego County Human Resources Department will offer the Oswego County Patrol Officer and Village Police Officer civil service exam Saturday, Sept. 26. Applications for the exam are due by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19. Applications and additional information can be obtained by emailing [email protected], or by calling 315-349-8209, and at  http://www.oswegocounty.com/civilservice. The Municipal Police Training Council fitness requirements and a link to the exam study guide are also posted on the web site.
  • The county asks residents to respond to the 2020 census. To fill out the census, click here or call 1-844-330-2020 (English) or 1-844-468-2020 (Spanish).

New York: (as of yesterday)

  • Total # of positive cases: 426,571 (yesterday: 425,916)
  • Total # of deaths: 25,264 (yesterday: 25,256)

*NY numbers are from the NY State Department of Health.

Other updates from the state include:

  • Governor Cuomo has partnered with New Jersey Governor Murphy and Connecticut Governor Lamont to create a joint travel advisory for individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19, requiring a quarantine for 14 days when visiting their states.
  • Based on each region’s infection rate, schools across New York State are permitted to open this fall but each school district must have a testing and tracing plan and will decide if an in-person v. hybrid model works best for them while following strict Department of Health Guidance.
  • Beginning August 24, gyms and fitness centers will be allowed to reopen at limited capacity while following rigorous safety protocols.
  • The State Police and State Liquor Authority are leading a task force to investigate and shut down establishments not complying with the safety standards of the state.
  • To report violations of health and safety restrictions and requirements for businesses, gatherings and individuals, please choose the appropriate link below:
  • Go to forward.ny.gov to find out: Which phase of reopening your region is in; the industry guidance for each phase; regional dashboards for monitoring how the virus is being contained; and information on loans for small businesses.
  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through September 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.
  • Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services. Any New Yorker can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

U.S.: (as of 3:27 p.m)

  • Total # of positive cases: 5,469,444 (yesterday: 5,421,806)
  • Total # of deaths: 171,343 (yesterday: 170,277)
  • Total # of recoveries: 1,865,580 (yesterday: 1,833,067)

Worldwide: (as of 3:27 p.m)

  • Total # of positive cases: 21,974,080 (yesterday: 21,761,813)
  • Total # of deaths: 776,154
  • Total # of recoveries: 13,934,497 (yesterday: 13,719,186)

For information on symptoms, diagnostic testing, antibody testing, childhood inflammatory disease related to COVID-19, or other COVID-19 related topics, visit the Oswego County Health Department’s COVID-19 page.

Resources:

  • Oswego County COVID-19 Hotline: 315-349-3330
  • New York Mental Health Hotline: 1-844-863-9314
  • Oswego COVID-19 Mental Health and Crisis Hotline: 315-343-5507

Links For Statistics:

— to oswegocountytoday.com

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