Oneida County has 571 new positive COVID-19 cases over Thanksgiving holiday

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On Monday, a more detailed picture of state and local COVID-19 infections over the Thanksgiving holiday period was released.

In Oneida County, there were 571 new positive cases during the period of Nov. 24 to Nov. 28. There were also seven new virus-related deaths during that period. 

Monday in Oneida County there an 8.5% infection positivity rate was measured.

There were 83 Oneida County residents hospitalized — 53 of which were unvaccinated and 30 were vaccinated. Of those hospitalized, 63 patients were at Mohawk Valley Health System, 11 were at Rome Health and nine were out of the county.

Looking at statewide numbers released on Monday, there were 41 virus-related deaths across the state on Sunday and the seven-day average infection positivity rate was measured at 4.12%.

“With the arrival of winter when more people are traveling and gathering indoors, and the emergence of the Omicron variant, we are reminded that we cannot let our guard down in our fight to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement. “We are not defenseless, vaccinations and testing are the best tools we have in preventing further spread of the virus and its variants. If you have yet to get your vaccine, go out and do so as soon as you can and if you’re due for your booster, doses are readily available across the state. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay safe as we head into the winter season.”

Omicron and the holidays

Over the weekend, a new virus variant - Omicron, which originated in South Africa - replaced the long-familiar Delta variant in news chatter.

On Monday, Hochul noted that the Omicron virus variant had been detected in Ontario, Canada, but had yet to be detected in any virus testing in New York.

State officials confirmed on Monday that information was still being gathered regarding the newer variant, but so far it is thought to be more transmissible than other variants.

Hochul added that going into the holiday season, COVID-19 infection spikes are expected, but urged everyone to continue pursuing vaccination, boosters and following health and safety protocols.

“The spike is occurring … the trend is continuing in a bad direction,” Hochul said, noting that regions around the state - like the Mohawk Valley - are experiencing localized spikes in infection rates.

According to Sunday data released by the governor’s office, the Mohawk Valley region’s average infection rate was measured at 9.51%.  

COVID-19 information links

• New York State’s COVID-19 data has been collected in one online spot at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-data-new-york

• 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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