No new COVID cases in Oneida County; schools dashboard live

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Oneida County reported no new COVID-19 positive tests on Thursday, only the third time since the pandemic arrived in March that no new cases were found on a given day.

As of mid-day Thursday, the county had 55 known active cases. There were no new COVID-related deaths. Five patients were hospitalized with COVID-19, all in the Mohawk Valley Health System; one is a nursing home resident.

In addition to the people with active cases in isolation, 533 people were in mandatory precautionary quarantine.

Regionally, the Mohawk Valley’s percentage of tests that came back positive each day on a rolling seven-day average was 0.4%. The number of new cases per 100,000 each day also averaged over the previous seven days was 1.94, second lowest in the state after the 1.09 of the North Country. Gross hospitalizations per 100,000 over the past week was 0.44.

Statewide, the figures were 0.9%, 4.08 and 0.34. Two COVID-related deaths were reported on Wednesday across the state, with new cases reported in 52 counties.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted progress in keeping indicators of the pandemic low but reiterated that fall brings challenges with the opening of k-12 schools. An online dashboard showing test results at each school district has gone live at https://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov. It allows searching by district, school and location.

“Schools are congregate situations by definition. The virus travels in congregate settings,” Cuomo said in a media briefing in Albany.

Cuomo also urged all residents to get a flu vaccine, echoing state and local public health authorities who have said preventing seasonal influenza can help take pressure off the testing and care system and ease diagnosing COVID019.

Cuomo said he plans to have the state review any vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus and aims to have the model state vaccine program when a reliable vaccine is available. He touted the state's low indicators in contrast to several other states, mostly in the Midwest.

“There’s an advantage to be the first COVID- free state, to be the first to say the population is vaccinated, in terms of public confidence, economic development.”

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