62 county residents hospitalized due to COVID-19
On Wednesday, there were 647 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Oneida County and no new virus-related deaths.
Further, there were 6,706 people in mandatory isolation and quarantine across the county and 62 county residents were hospitalized.
Of those in the hospital due to COVID complications, 37 were unvaccinated and 25 were vaccinated. In addition, 47 of the 62 hospitalizations were in the Mohawk Valley Health System, nine were at Rome Health and six were hospitalized outside of the county.
Across the state, there were 130 COVID-19-related deaths across New York on Wednesday and the statewide seven-day average infection positivity rate was measured at 22.48%, according to Thursday information released by Gov. Kathy Hochul.
In a daily statement, Hochul said, "Wearing a mask, washing your hands, getting your vaccine, your second dose, your booster - we are not defenseless and these are things you can do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy … As we make our way through the winter surge, it is important to keep the wellbeing of others in mind. Be mindful of how your actions impact others so we can keep our communities open and thriving."
Test kits available in Oneida County
Oneida County will distribute free COVID-19 test kits to residents this weekend.
Roughly 3,000 free test kits will be given out from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 8 in a drive-thru format. Test kits will be limited to one per person while supplies last.
The distribution will take place at the following Oneida County Department of Public Works locations: 8515 State Route 28, Barneveld; 5999 Judd Road, Oriskany and 4260 Lee Center Taberg Road, Taberg.
Oneida County received 10,000 kits from New York State which it has been distributing by request to local municipalities. Oneida County has also given test kits to The Center in Utica for distribution to the refugee population it serves.
Anyone who tests positive using a home kit is required to report the result to the Oneida County Health Department. That can be done by visiting: https://lfweb.ocgov.net/Forms/COVIDTestResults or by calling 315-798-5431.
If you do test positive on a home kit, you should isolate immediately and then confirm the result by scheduling a PCR test.
The county will be announcing more public test kit distribution events in the near future.
COVID-19 information links
• New York State’s COVID-19 data has been collected in one online spot at: https://on.ny.gov/3rw82oG
• In Oneida County, vaccine appointments and walk-ins are available at county-operated sites. To book an appointment, visit www.ocgov.net.
• Scheduling a vaccine appointment can also be completed at: vaccines.gov.
• COVID-19 case numbers and vaccination rates are available on Oneida County’s online Dashboard at: https://bit.ly/3A85tLp
• To see COVID-19 information for Madison County, visit: https://on.ny.gov/3je8vr0
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