No new cases of COVID-19 in Oneida County for only second time

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Oneida County reported no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the first day of no positive cases since the week pandemic tracking began in mid-March.

The number of new cases is often low early in each week as tests reported reflect those taken a day or two before on weekends. There have been several days of two cases, most recently Sept. 2. But Monday's reported results were the first with no cases since March 21. Tracking began March 17.

Testing has fluctuated but remains at a daily average of more than 1,000 a day averaged over a rolling seven-day period. According to the county's online COVID dashboard, 899 test results were received Sunday through mid-day Monday.

As of mid-day Monday, the county was tracking 87 known active cases and had 673 other people in mandatory precautionary quarantine based on their contacts history.

Five patients were hospitalized with COVID-19, all in the Mohawk Valley Health System in Utica and New Hartford.

So far, the county has had 2,128 positive cases resolved, 128,322 tests conducted, and 122 deaths.

The Mohawk Valley region’s percentage of tests that are positive for COVID-19 each day averaged over the previous seven days stood at 0.6%, and the number of new cases each day per 100,000 averaged over the past week was 2.86. Hospitalizations per 100,000 over the past week was at 0.15%.

Statewide, the figures were 0.9%, 3.60 and 0.31.

The state’s online dashboard for schools’ COVID data has gone live. It is at https://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov/#/home. It allows searching for a particular district or school.

Area colleges continue to report low or nonexistent numbers of COVID-19 cases. One student at Mohawk Valley Community College is in isolation off-campus and eight are in mandatory quarantine, according to the State University of New York COVID dashboard. At SUNY-Polytechnic Institute’s Utica-area campus, one student was in mandatory quarantine.

Utica College had one student in isolation and three in quarantine after the most recent positive test, on Thursday, for eight positive results since testing began in August.

Hamilton College is yet to report a positive test.

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