There were 195 COVID-19-related deaths across New York on Wednesday and the statewide seven-day average positivity rate was tallied at 19.42%, according to Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office.
"Even as the rate of new infections continues to move in a promising direction, too many New Yorkers are getting sick, being hospitalized or tragically losing their lives -- we must remain vigilant in our fight against the virus … We can't afford to reverse the progress we've made fighting this winter surge. Let's continue to use the tools at our disposal to stop the spread and keep our loved ones safe and healthy: Vaccines, boosters, masks and best practices like washing your hands and staying home if you're sick,” Hochul said in a daily statement.
There were 597 new positive cases of COVID-19 and three new virus-related deaths on Wednesday in Oneida County. There were 5,419 active positive cases and a 17% positivity rate.
Of the active cases, there were 73 county residents hospitalized, 31 which were unvaccinated and 42 that were vaccinated. Further, there were 53 hospitalized in the Mohawk Valley Health System, 11 at Rome Health and nine outside of the county.
In Madison County, there were 127 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and no new virus-related deaths. Also on Thursday, there were 489 active cases of COVID-19 and 17 county residents hospitalized.
Madison County and KN95 masks
Madison County officials have stated they are aware that the quality of effectiveness is in question regarding the 30,000 KN95 masks that New York State provided for distribution.
"At this time, we do not have an update as to when to expect these new replacement masks," Madison County officials wrote. "Once the replacement masks are received, Madison County will distribute them to the locations that received the original distribution. The original masks were distributed to our schools and municipal offices for them to distribute as they see fit. While it appears these masks may not provide KN95 level protection, residents may continue to use them if they do not have access to higher quality masks."
Madison County health officials recommend that residents wear masks when they are out in public and stay home if they are sick. This is on top of washing their hands, watching their social distancing, getting vaccinated, and getting boosted.
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