NY has 21.49% COVID-19 infection positivity rate


There were 103 COVID-19-related deaths across New York on Sunday, according to information from Gov. Kathy Hochul's office released Monday. Also the statewide seven-day average infection positivity rate was measured at 21.49%.

In local numbers, there were 1,869 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Oneida County between Dec. 30, 2021, and Jan. 2, 2022, according to data released Monday by Oneida County. There were also four new virus-related deaths in that time period.

As of Sunday night, there were 5,036 county residents in mandatory isolation and quarantine.

Further, there were 58 Oneida County residents hospitalized, of that number, 34 were unvaccinated and 24 were vaccinated. There were 47 patients hospitalized in the Mohawk Valley Health System, five at Rome Health and six outside the county.

Speaking to the post-holiday surge now in play, Hochul said in a statement, "...We know how to overcome this winter surge: Get the vaccine, get the booster, mask up, get tested and stay home if you're feeling sick. If we don't use these tools, many more in our communities will get sick."

Testing on SUNY campuses

In a Monday announcement, Hochul announced a partnership with SUNY and Syracuse University in which 10 new testing sites will be opening on State University of New York campuses across the state and at Syracuse University the week of Jan. 3. More campus sites will open in the coming weeks as the project expands.

In addition to the SUNY testing sites, Syracuse University will also open a testing site at the Carrier Dome. This site will open tomorrow, Jan. 4, and will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At this site, 4,000 tests will be conducted a day and the National Guard will be assisting with staffing.

Exact locations and hours of operation will be announced as the program develops. SUNY testing sites to open later this week include: Binghamton University; SUNY Plattsburgh; SUNY Cortland; University of Buffalo; Buffalo State College; SUNY Oswego; SUNY Oneonta; SUNY Albany; SUNY Stony Brook and SUNY Purchase.

Rome City School District test kits

The Rome City School District has begun distributing test kits at the District Offices, 409 Bell Road. This is part of a statewide effort to provide rapid COVID-19 test kits.

The final distribution will be Wednesday, Jan. 5, from 3 to 7 p.m.

According to the district, there is no requirement that families test their children. The kits are iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Tests and can be used for either symptomatic or asymptomatic testing. Those testing positive must isolate for 10 days following the first positive result. The Oneida County Health Department should also be notified of positive results.

Parents can submit the results of any positive results obtained for COVID tests to the Oneida County Department of Health via the following link: https://lfweb.ocgov.net/Forms/COVIDTestResults.

COVID-19 information links

• New York State’s COVID-19 data has been collected in one online spot at: https://on.ny.gov/3rw82oG

• In Oneida County, vaccine appointments and walk-ins are available at county-operated sites. To book an appointment, visit www.ocgov.net.

• Scheduling a vaccine appointment can also be completed at: vaccines.gov.

• COVID-19 case numbers and vaccination rates are available on Oneida County’s online Dashboard at: https://bit.ly/3A85tLp

• To see COVID-19 information for Madison County, visit: https://on.ny.gov/3je8vr0


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