New-case numbers decline; COVID-19 vaccination site opened at Griffiss


The number of new COVID-19 cases in Oneida County continues its apparent decline from a post-holiday peak, but the county continued a run of multiple COVID-related deaths, with four reported on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the county opened a vaccination site in Rome, at the county-owned Griffiss International Airport operations building at 706 Hangar Road. It is the second county-run vaccine site after one opened last week at Mohawk Valley Community College’s Utica campus. Links to the appointment-request system were put on the county government’s website Thursday, but appointments were booked up by late afternoon.

As at all sites, vaccinations are given by appointment only, and just to those in eligible groups based primarily on age, occupation and whether a person meets the criteria for being immunocompromised.

In the 24 hours that ended at midnight Wednesday, 213 new test-confirmed cases were recorded, for 6,690 known active cases. The number of new cases in a day peaked Jan. 1 at 364 and was above 300 as recently as Jan. 7 but has generally declined since. Ten of the cases involved residents of nursing homes, as did one of the four deaths. The county has recorded 281 COVID-related deaths since the pandemic began.

The rate of tests conducted that indicate COVID declined slightly in the county to 8% from 8.5% when averaged over a week.

Hospital-bed availability in the six-county Mohawk Valley region increased slightly to 24% from 22% on a weekly basis from a day earlier. Intensive-care bed availability held steady at 19%.

As of Wednesday night, 164 county residents were hospitalized with COVID-19, including 17 at Rome Memorial Hospital, 133 in the Mohawk Valley Health System, and 14 out of the county. Among the total, 29 were residents of nursing homes.

The county reported 340 vaccinations were given at the county-run site at Mohawk Valley Community College’s Utica campus, for 1,730 so far since the site was opened last week.

MVHS has given 7,432 and Rome Memorial 2,781, according to the county. Other doses by clinics, urgent care facilities, and pharmacies are not included.

Hospitalization rates by region were similar in the Capital Region, at 24%, and Central New York, which includes Madison County and the Syracuse area, at 25%. The statewide figure was 32%. The Mohawk Valley had the lowest ICU availability on a seven-day average basis; the state figure was 27%. Statewide, the positive-test rate on a seven-day basis was 6.9%.


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