148 new COVID cases in Oneida County

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Oneida County reported 148 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the third-highest one-day total so far during the pandemic.

The new positive tests left the county with 1,726 known active cases as the pandemic grows locally and across the state and nation.

The county reported its 149th death of a person with COVID.

As of mid-day Tuesday, 82 county residents were hospitalized with COVID-19: 18 in Rome Memorial Hospital, 58 in the Mohawk Valley Health System and six in other counties.

Of the active cases, 121 are attributed to congregate housing, and the rest to general community spread.

In addition, 1,151 people were in mandatory quarantine for recent close contacts with someone with COVID-19.

The state Department of Corrections reported 34 current positive cases at Midstate Correctional Facility in Marcy, along with nine at Marcy Correctional Facility, and three at the Mohawk/Walsh medical unit in Rome.

In the Mohawk Valley region, the positive test rate on a seven-day-average basis was 4.5%, and the number of new daily cases per 100,000 people was 34.41. The number of new hospitalizations each day per 100,000 was 2.8. Among all hospital beds, 34% were available, and 27% percent of ICU beds were available.

The statewide positivity rate was 4.96% Monday, and on a seven-day-average basis was 4%.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo again predicted the positive rate will go up through New Year’s, and the state’s priority is ensuring hospitals do not become overwhelmed.

The governor also called on the federal government to ensure a plan to distribute vaccines when they become available does not discourage undocumented, Black, brown and poor people from taking part because vaccination requires the highest possible rate of participation.

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