Mohawk Valley region has state's lowest COVID indicators

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Oneida County reported seven new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, for 116 known active cases, and appears to be avoiding the uptick in positive-test rates seen in many other regions of New York.

Six patients with COVID-19 were being treated in the Mohawk Valley Health System; two are residents of nursing homes.

No new deaths were reported.

In addition to the people with positive tests in isolation, 689 people were in mandatory precautionary quarantine because of contacts with people who have had tests indicating COVID-19.

The Mohawk Valley region of which Oneida County is a part had a rate of positive tests, based on the average of results received each day over a rolling seven-day period that indicated COVID-19, of 0.3%, lowest of all 10 regions in New York. The next lowest was that of the sparsely populated North Country, which extends from Lewis County north and east, at 0.5%.

The Mohawk Valley region’s daily average of new cases per 100,000 people, also expressed as an average over the previous week, was also the state’s lowest, at 2.30; the North Country’s was 2.76.

Oneida County’s own positive-test rate stood at 1.2% on a seven-day basis. Other counties in the region are Herkimer, Otsego, Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie.

Statewide, the figures were a positive-test rate of 1.2% and 7.14 new cases per 100,000 people a day.

In Central New York, the positive rate was 1.2% on a weekly basis, but was 7.1% on Monday in Cortland County. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there was a “microcluster” related to the SUNY campus.

Cuomo said Tuesday the state continued to focus on finding and isolating clusters of cases, which have been primarily downstate, in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens and suburban Rockland and Orange counties.

Cuomo announced the state was extending its moratorium on COVID-related commercial evictions and foreclosures through Jan. 1. A separate law extended the moratorium regarding residential renters until the COVID related state emergency expires.

Cuomo also announced that New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania would not be subject to New York’s requirement of a 14-day quarantine for people arriving from states with high infection rates, which is now 43 states. Because so many people live in those states and work in New York or vice versa, it would be impractical and disruptive to extend the rule, Cuomo said. New York will work with the neighboring states, however, to try to limit non-essential travel between them, Cuomo said.

The Oneida County Health Department reported the following incident of possible exposure to people with COVID-19 and recommends monitoring for symptoms:

A residence party in Oneida Castle from 10 p.m. Oct. 10 through the early morning hours of Oct. 11. Self-monitor through Oct. 25. The Health Department asked that Anyone at the party who has not been contacted the Health Department is asked to call 315-798-5431.

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