A state of emergency first declared due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Oneida County on March 13, 2020, continues to be renewed every five day period by county executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.
At press time, it had most recently been renewed on March 31.
Included in the declaration renewal is a measure first ordered in February of this year as an effort to keep a lid on the costs of third-party food delivery services by prohibiting them from charging food service establishments a delivery fee of more than 15% of the purchase price of an order for food and beverages exclusive of tax and gratuity. Instead, the third-party services can’t charge any fee greater than 5% of the purchase price of each order for food and beverages exclusive of tax and gratuity, other than a delivery fee.
As emergency declarations continue, so do local, state and federal vaccination efforts.
Citing state vaccination estimates, Oneida County notes that as of April 4, roughly 30% of the adult population (people over the age of 18), had been fully vaccinated in the county.
Noting weekend new case numbers, during the April 3 and 4 time period, there were 55 new cases of COVID-19, and two new COVID-19-related deaths.
There were 17 patients hospitalized in Oneida County with 16 at Mohawk Valley Health System and one at Rome Health. Three of the 17 are nursing home residents. Two residents were hospitalized out of the county.
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On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo noted that the average daily statewide positivity rate was 4.3% and that about 20% of the state population has been vaccinated.
“Yes people are vaccinated, but not enough,” Cuomo said, regarding the need for communities to continue social distancing guidelines even as the statewide vaccine program continues to rollout.
He announced the start of the statewide “Roll Up Your Sleeve” ad campaign - which starts running on television and online on April 7 - to encourage all state residents to get vaccinated.
“This effort comes as universal eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine goes into effect and all New Yorkers 16-years-of-age and older are eligible to receive the vaccine starting April 6. This comes nearly a month earlier than President Biden’s May 1 deadline for states to enact universal eligibility,” notes a release.
A release continued, “Due to limited supply, New Yorkers are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment. As of (Monday afternoon) people 16 and 17 years of age can only receive the Pfizer vaccine.”