79 new COVID-19 cases, one new death in county

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On Monday, there were 28 COVID-19-releated deaths recorded across New York — including one in Oneida County — and the statewide seven-day average infection positivity rate was 3.16%. Locally, the positivity rate remained higher than the state average at 4.6%.

In Oneida County, Monday brought 79 new cases of the virus with 724 active positive cases. There are 1,151 county residents in mandatory isolation and quarantine.

Fifty-three residents were hospitalized, county officials said, with 12 at Rome Health, 36 at Mohawk Valley Health System facilities and five hospitalized outside the county. Thirteen of those hospitalized are in a local Intensive Care Unit, nine of those were unvaccinated, officials said. Eight patients are on ventilators, six of them were unvaccinated.

Included for the first time in the county’s daily reporting of COVID-19 statistics is a listing of hospitalizations by age and vaccination status.

According to the county, the breakdown of hospitalizations by vaccination status and age is:

20-29 years-old: 1 unvaccinated/
0 vaccinated

30-39 years-old: 3 unvaccinated/
0 vaccinated

40-49 years-old: 5 unvaccinated/
0 vaccinated

50-59 years-old: 11 unvaccinated/
3 vaccinated

60-69 years-old: 4 unvaccinated/
5 vaccinated

70-79 years-old: 4 unvaccinated/
4 vaccinated

80-89 years-old: 4 unvaccinated/
6 vaccinated

90-99 years-old: 1 unvaccinated/
1 vaccinated

“Wearing a mask, washing your hands, getting your vaccine - it’s that easy to keep yourself and your community safe,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement. “If you haven’t gotten your vaccine already, now is the best time to do so. It’s safe, effective, free, and readily available anywhere across the great state of New York.”

Pandemic rental assistance

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 15, middle-income renters previously ineligible for assistance can begin applying for $125 million in state funding through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), according to information from Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office.

The state is accepting applications for rental assistance from households adversely impacted by the pandemic and earning between 80 percent and 120 percent of the area median income. 

“Under federal guidelines, only those households that were impacted by the pandemic and earning at or below 80 percent of the area median income were eligible for ERAP,” a release reads.

The program is providing $2.6 billion in federal funding to pay up to 12 months arrears and three months of prospective rent directly to landlords, while providing approved tenants with up to a year of eviction protection, provided they continue to pay rent. Area median income varies by county and by household size, a release notes.

For more information, visit: otda.ny.gov/erap.

COVID cases up nationally

The number of COVID-19 deaths and cases in the U.S. have returned to levels reached last winter. The U.S. is averaging more than 1,800 COVID-19 deaths and 170,000 new cases per day. That’s still below the peak of about 3,400 deaths and 250,000 cases per day in January — but it’s frustrating health care leaders, nine months into the nation’s vaccination drive, who are watching hospitals fill up.

The cases, driven by the delta variant and resistance among some Americans to get vaccinated, are concentrated mostly in the South, but there are significant percentages of the population declining vaccinations in every region of the country.

While hot spots such as Florida and Louisiana are improving, infection rates are soaring in Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee, fueled by children back in school, loose mask requirements and low vaccination rates, according to state and federal health officials.

“Now in Kentucky, one-third of new cases are under age 18,” says Dr. Ryan Stanton, an emergency room physician in Lexington. He says some children brought it home from summer camp and spread it to the rest of the family, and “between day care and schools and school activities, and friends getting together, there are just so many exposures.”

Local COVID-19 Information Links

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

The New York State Department of Health offers statewide information on COVID-19 at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov.

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