New COVID cases inch downward in county

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Oneida County reported 16 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, continuing a trend of generally slowly declining new cases. No deaths related to COVID-19 were reported.

As of noon Tuesday, 11 county residents with COVID-19 were hospitalized, including one at Rome Memorial Hospital, eight in the Mohawk Valley Health System and two outside the county. Three patients in MVHS were nursing home residents.

So far, the county has had 1,684 resolved cases and has 203 active cases.

The Mohawk Valley region’s positive test rate stood at 1 percent over a rolling seven-day average, the same as the statewide rate. The region’s new case rate per 100,000 people was 3.36, lower than the statewide rate of 3.43. Higher rates among regions were the Capital Region at 3.95, New York City at 3.67 and Long Island, at 3.92.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo singled out a weekend concert in Southampton, Long Island, for drawing a non-socially distancing crowd and said the village and town could be liable. In addition, the State Liquor Authority and state police visited 644 establishments on Long Island and in New York City and issued citations for 26 violations Monday night, Cuomo said.

The Oneida County Health Department reported the following incidents of possible public exposure in which someone confirmed to have COVID-19 was in a public place; anyone at these locations at the respective times is advised to monitor themselves for symptoms:

Walgreen’s on Commercial Drive in New Hartford, 3:30-3:45 p.m. July 17; self-monitor through July 31.

Aldi on Oriskany Boulevard in Yorkville, 4-4:30 p.m. July 17; self-monitor through July 31.

McDonald’s on Genesee Street in Utica, 11-11:30 a.m. July 18; self-monitor through Aug. 1.

Hannaford on Commercial Drive in New Hartford, 11-11:15 a.m. July 18; self-monitor through Aug. 1.

Lowe’s on Middle Settlement Road in New Hartford, 11:30-11:45 a.m. July 18; self-monitor through Aug. 1.

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in New Hartford Shopping Center, 4-5 p.m. July 18; self-monitor through Aug. 1.

Symeon’s restaurant on Commercial Drive in New Hartford, 5-5:15 p.m. July 18; self-monitor through Aug. 1.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 3:45-4:45 p.m. July 18; self-monitor through Aug. 1.

Walmart Supercenter, Commercial Drive in New Hartford, 4-5 p.m. July 19; self-monitor through Aug. 2.

Price Chopper on Genesee Street in Utica, 5:30-6 p.m. July 19; self-monitor through Aug. 2.

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