16 new positive cases of COVID in Oneida County

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UTICA — According to the daily Oneida County COVID-19 update, the county saw 16 new positive cases on Tuesday, bringing the total to 21,608 cases since the pandemic arrived locally in March 2020. There are 338 active positive cases, local officials reported. There was also one new COVID-19-related death — bringing the total to 420 since last March.

There are seven patients hospitalized in Oneida County, six at Mohawk Valley Health System facilities and one at Rome Health. There are six residents who are hospitalized out of county.

Also on Tuesday, the statewide COVID-19 seven-day average positivity rate was 1.76%, the lowest since Nov. 5, 2020, according to information from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office.

Locally, vaccination appointments and walk-ins are currently available at multiple Oneida County-operated vaccination PODs, county officials again noted. To view all dates and to book an appointment, visit www.ocgov.net.

Officials have widely attributed the continually falling numbers to people getting vaccinated.

“...It is easier than ever to receive the vaccine and as the rate of vaccinations increases and the rate of infection decreases we are able to accelerate the reopening. While the light at the end of the tunnel has never been brighter, this war isn’t over,” Cuomo said.

“ I encourage New Yorkers to continue doing the things we know stop COVID in its tracks: wear a mask, practice social distancing and, most importantly, get vaccinated. I urge those who have yet to be vaccinated to do the right thing for themselves, their families and their communities and roll up your sleeve. We are all in this together,” Cuomo added.

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