On Tuesday, Oneida County reported that a vaccine shipment from New York state had been received that was delayed from last week due to severe winter storms that gripped many areas of the country.
In addition to the delayed shipment, the county also received its regularly scheduled weekly allotment. In total, 2,100 doses.
New first dose appointments for the county-operated sites at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica and Griffiss International Airport in Rome will be offered this week.
Residents should visit www.ocgov.net to secure an appointment, although appointment times were expected to be filled quickly.
In daily infection numbers, the county reported that on Feb. 22, there were 54 new positive cases, bringing the pandemic total to 19,204, and one new COVID-19-related death, bringing the total to 390.
There were 42 patients hospitalized in Oneida County with 37 at Mohawk Valley Health System and five at Rome Health.
Oneida County links
To see an updated Oneida County COVID-19 dashboard, visit: https://bit.ly/37Ekmss
County Executive Anthony Picente will conduct a COVID-19 update briefing at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. It will be livestreamed at: https://www.facebook.com/OneidaCountyGovernment.
On Tuesday, the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate was 4.23%, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo noted in a statement that there was still work to do in order to continue the downward trend in numbers.
“...As our rates continue to decline, we are opening back up our economy and proving that vaccine distribution can be fair and equitable. The light at the end of the tunnel is brighter and brighter each day, but we’re not there yet. I encourage New Yorkers to remain vigilant until the war is won: Wear a mask, socially distance and wash your hands,” Cuomo said.
New cases of UK variant
The governor also added that as of Tuesday morning 18 new cases of the UK variant of COVID-19 were identified in New York, bringing the total to 154 known cases of the variant statewide.
(SARS-CoV-2 variant often listed as B.1.1.7)
Further, a second South African variant (SARS-CoV-2 variant often listed as B.1.351) has been identified In Nassau County.
The COVID-19 variants are actively being tracked in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control. However, on Tuesday afternoon, the numbers being reported hadn’t been updated since Sunday.
You can view the CDC’s variant tracker online here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/transmission/variant-cases.html
So far, the data reported by the CDC covers the UK, South African and the Brazilian (Listed as P.1) variants.