COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations rise in county

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In Oneida County, figures released on Monday, showed there were 224 new positive cases recorded during the September 10 to 12 time period, and there were four virus-related deaths in the county during that same timeframe. There are 724 active positive cases in the county, officials reported, with 49 residents hospitalized.

Among the hospitalizations, 11 are patients at Rome Health, 32 are at Mohawk Valley Health System facilities and six are in hospitals outside of Oneida County. Among those hospitalized, 37 are unvaccinated, county officials reported, adding that 14 patients are in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) while nine are on ventilators.

On Sunday, there were 29 COVID-19-related deaths across New York and Monday’s statewide seven-day average positivity rate measured 3.19%., according to information from the governor’s office. Oneida County’s positivity rate was 5.4% — higher than the overall Mohawk Valley region positivity rate of 4.9%. The North Country, which includes Lewis County, had the highest positivity rate in the state at 5.8%, slightly higher than the Central New York positivity rate of 5.7%.

There are 1,142 Oneida County residents in mandatory quarantine and/or isolation.

Officials continue to urge vaccination

“We are continuing to closely monitor the numbers across the state and working with localities to identify hotspots and dispatch resources as necessary,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement. “We all want to put COVID-19 behind us, but the reality is we still have more work to do - and we need to stay vigilant. The vaccine is still our greatest weapon in this fight, and those who are still unvaccinated need to understand the power they have in their hands to help New York and our nation finally beat this virus.”

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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