NY marks one-year anniversary of COVID-19

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As the world continues to handle all things dealing with COVID-19, New York state marked a one-year anniversary on Monday since the first infection was recorded.

The first case in Oneida County came some days later, remembers Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente.

“One year ago today, the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in New York State. Since that fateful moment, it has been a long and difficult journey for us all. I am proud of how Oneida County has risen to the many challenges this pandemic has presented. As we stand here today, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel and we will continue to push through to the other side of this crisis. We must continue to be strong and never forget the sacrifices that have been made nor those we have lost along the way,” he noted in a social media post.

With the fight against the virus continuing, Oneida County recorded 22 new positive cases, and no new deaths on Feb. 28. The county has recorded 19,461 total cases and 394 deaths.

There were 32 patients hospitalized in Oneida County with 29 at Mohawk Valley Health System and three at Rome Health. Four patients are hospitalized out of the county.

To see an updated Oneida County COVID-19 dashboard, visit: https://bit.ly/3r7CMcI

Statewide

On Monday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In further data reporting, the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate was 3.58 percent, and 80 COVID-19 deaths in New York state on Sunday, again calling for more vaccines.

The governor also noted the one-year mark of the pandemic in New York.

“It’s been exactly one year since we first identified COVID in New York, and while we’ve made incredible progress towards defeating it, testing and vaccinating more and more New Yorkers, we need to stay vigilant,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Our ongoing effort to get shots in arms is producing increasing numbers of sites where New Yorkers can get vaccinated, but we’re going to need more supply to reach enough residents to put a serious dent in the virus’ spread. It’s critical that New Yorkers continue to practice safe behaviors—washing hands, wearing masks and social distancing—while we’re still working to vaccinate a large portion of the population. This has been an incredibly long 365 days and there are more ahead, but New Yorkers have already shown unprecedented perseverance and toughness throughout this pandemic—now we just need to get to the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Vaccine update

As of Monday morning, over 4.5 million first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to date, and the week 12 allocation from the federal government will begin arriving mid-week, according to Cuomo.

“...The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be coming online soon and that’s going to be a game-changer for bringing our already extensive vaccination efforts to new heights while continuing to prioritize social equity and fairness for those New Yorkers that have been impacted most by this deadly virus,” he said in a portion of a statement.

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