22 new COVID cases in Oneida County

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Oneida County reported 22 new lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, including four involving nursing home residents.

As of mid-day Wednesday, 29 county residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 in hospitals in the county, including three at Rome Memorial Hospital, 26 in the Mohawk Valley Health System, and six in hospitals in some other county. Of the total, 19 are residents of nursing homes receiving acute care, including two at Rome and 17 at MVHS. No new COVID-related deaths were reported.

With the new cases, the county has had 1,584 confirmed cases. One was removed from the previous total upon further investigation. The number of active cases as of Wednesday afternoon was 322. Quarantine orders were in effect for 346 people, and 141 people were subject to a precautionary quarantine.

Metrics intended to warn of a surge of cases in the county and Mohawk Valley region continue to be affected by a cluster of cases among residents who work at the Key Manufacturing aluminum plant in Fonda, Montgomery County. Seventy-seven employees there tested positive last week, including 53 who live in Oneida County, according to authorities with both counties. As of mid-day Wednesday, the Mohawk Valley region’s rate of cases per 100,000 people was by far the state’s highest, at 7.06, nearly twice that of the next highest region.

The figure reflects a continuously updated average over the previous seven days so will reflect the cluster for several more days. The region’s rate of positive tests stood at 2 percent. It is also a rolling seven-day average.

Also Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced indoor dining will be postponed until further notice in New York City. He also urged local governments to improve enforcement of state rules on social distancing, congregating and mask wearing. Other types of businesses are open, but Cuomo said restaurants are of particular concern because it’s impossible to keep wearing a face covering while eating and drinking, and because customers typically stay in one place for an extended time compared to supermarkets, for example, where people do not stay in one place, are more easily separated, and generally do not stay long.

Oneida County identified the following incidents of possible public exposure to people who were confirmed to have COVID-19 and recommends that anyone at these locations at the respective times monitor themselves for signs of the disease such as a high fever, persistent cough and difficulty breathing:

Old Navy on Commercial Drive in New Hartford, 5-5:30 p.m. June 20. Self-monitor through July 4.

Hannaford on Kellogg Road in New Hartford, 5:30-6 p.m. June 20. Self-monitor through July 4.

Price Chopper on Commercial Drive in New Hartford, 11-11:45 a.m. June 23. Self-monitor through July 7.

Wal-Mart on Commercial Drive in New Hartford, noon to 12:30 p.m. June 23. Self-monitor through July 7.

Price Chopper on Genesee Street in Utica, 4-5 p.m. June 23. Self-monitor through July 7.

Price Chopper on Genesee Street in Utica, 4-5 p.m. June 24. Self-monitor through July 8.

Applebee’s on Commercial Drive in New Hartford, noon to 1 p.m. June 25. Self-monitor through July 9.

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