COVID cases climb in region

County reports 185 positive tests Friday, bringing active cases to 1,355; hospitalizations also rise


Coronavirus cases and related hospitalizations climbed Friday in New York and the Mohawk Valley, according to state and local officials.

New York reported a record high in testing for COVID-19 — with 219,442 test results reported to the state on Thursday — a record high for the second straight day.

More than 13 million Americans have been diagnosed with the virus since the pandemic’s start earlier this year and deaths have topped 265,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

“We’re seeing an increase with the numbers across the country and within our own state,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a news release. “It started with the fall, and it’s going to continue and probably worsen in the winter.”

Cuomo insisted this week that New York is “doing phenomenally well” compared to the rest of the country, however, he urged continued observance of measures including wearing face masks, social distancing and proper hygiene, including hand-washing, to limit the spread of the virus.

Locally, Oneida County reported 185 new positive cases on Friday, bringing the total number of positive cases in the county to 4,664 since the pandemic began. Of the positive cases, two are from nursing home residents with the majority of positive tests being associated with community spread.

Despite the uptick, Oneida County is faring better than several other areas of the state, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard. Oneida County had a positivity rate of 3.7% of the 3,831 individuals tested, state figures showed, with a seven-day rolling average of 3.3%.

Western New York’s positivity rate spiked to a seven-day average of 6.28%, outpacing other parts of the state, according to figures released by the state. And Erie County, which includes Buffalo, reported more coronavirus deaths — six — than any other county in the state for a second consecutive day.

According to state figures released Friday, positivity rates in several Western New York counties remained high with rates of 11.6% in Allegany County; 8.9% in Cattagaurus County; 8.4% in Erie County and 8.2% in Niagara County.

There were several other isolated counties in other regions of the state reporting positivity percentages in elevated ranges, including Green County in the Capital Region, 7.9%; Cortland County in the Central New York at 7.7%; Genesee County in the Finger Lakes region at 7.8%; Putnam County in the Mid-Hudson Region at 7.1%; and Chemung County in the Southern Tier at 6.6%.

Among local counties, Madison County had a reported positivity percentage of 4.6% Friday with a seven-day rolling average of 3.6%; Lewis County had a 5.4% positivity percentage with a seven-day average of 4.9% while Herkimer County had a 3.3% positivity rate Friday and a 2.9% seven day average.

New York reported a total of 8,176 new cases statewide while hospitalizations climbed to 3,103. Nationally, the country logged 1,388 deaths on Friday, according to federal statistics, down from more than 2,200 new deaths Wednesday, which saw the highest daily increase since May 6.

There are 1,355 active positive cases in Oneida County, health officials reported; while two new COVID-19-related deaths, including one nursing home-related were reported, bringing that total to 144 deaths attributed to the virus.

Local health care facilities reported 65 patients hospitalized in Oneida County with COVID-19, including 54 in the Mohawk Valley Health System and 11 at Rome Memorial Hospital. Of these 65 patients, 17 are nursing home residents. Six patients are hospitalized out of county.

So far, 3,165 positive cases have been resolved. There are 1,355 in mandatory isolation across Oneida County, while 1,265 in mandatory quarantine.

Of the 291,629 tests conducted in Oneida County, there have been 286,965 total negative results, officials said.

For more information, go online to the updated Oneida County COVID-19 dashboard:


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