Emmons discusses distributions of COVID-19 test kits and fun activities for children – Oswego County Today

Nathan Emmons informs the public. Image from Oswego County Government YouTube channel.

OSWEGO COUNTY – Oswego County Legislature Majority Leader Nathan Emmons briefed the public today on behalf of Legislative Speaker James Weatherup. In today’s video, Emmons discussed the county’s plan for in-home COVID-19 testing distribution and a proposed new day camp program at Camp Zerbe this summer.

As there was no American Sign Language interpreter for the video, the full transcript is available here.

To begin the update, Emmons said the county will release its weekly COVID-19 numbers today because yesterday was a holiday.

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic is scheduled for Thursday February 24 at the Fulton Polish Home, 153 West First Street South, Fulton. From 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., health personnel will administer the Pfizer vaccine to people aged 5 and over.

For more details on this and other upcoming clinics, go to the health department’s COVID-19 website and click on the “vaccines and boosters” link on the left side of the screen.

He also reminded residents that free transportation is available through a partnership between the county and Oswego County Opportunities to travel to COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites. Rides are available between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 315-598-1514 to plan a ride in advance.

“We continue to work to provide more COVID-19 home test kits to residents,” Emmons said. “Kits are distributed to those who get vaccinated at clinics in our health department; and we are working with municipalities, schools, nursing homes and other organizations to ensure testing is available to as many residents as possible. Just last week, our offices of emergency management and fire coordination partnered with local first responder agencies to distribute over 30,000 home test kits to our most remote communities. The Parish, Phoenix, Oswego Town, Sandy Creek, West Monroe and Williamstown Volunteer Fire Departments – as well as the City of Fulton and Oswego Fire Departments – will distribute test kits along with a series of drive-in events planned for the next few weeks.

For more details on these events, see here or call the county fire coordinator’s office at 315-349-8800.

Emmons then discussed Camp Zerbe in Williamstown. There will be four week-long summer day camp sessions. These sessions will be free and open only to residents for children aged 6 to 12. Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday, and will include activities and crafts related to the theme of the week. Project materials will be provided.

“In the meantime, with our schools on winter vacation this week, a few other nature parks and organizations have some great activities planned for the kids,” Emmons said. “That brings us to the “Tourist Tip of the Week” about getting your families together for a variety of outdoor adventures.”

Local activities include:

  • Weather permitting, the New York State Canal Corporation will partner with Oswego Expeditions to host “Kids on the Canal,” a free snowshoe hike for children ages 6 and up every day this week.
  • The Amboy 4-H Environmental Center in Williamstown presents “All About Snow,” an indoor/outdoor activity exploring the science of snow on Wednesday, February 23. Admission is $4 per person or $12 per family.
  • The Rice Creek Field Station on the SUNY Oswego campus is offering a free guided nature walk on Saturday, February 26.

Other events can be found on the County Events Calendar here.

Sally J. Minick