Positivity rate continues decline; officials urge vaccinations

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is urging those who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 to get a vaccine while also outlining encouraging declines in COVID cases and the statewide positivity rate.

“New Yorkers are getting vaccinated in greater numbers every single day, and that means we can take action to reopen the economy, put people back to work and resume normal lives,” said Cuomo. “More shots in more arms is the key to our future, and we’re offering exciting incentives to encourage New Yorkers across the state that today is the day to get their shots. I encourage everyone eligible who hasn’t yet been vaccinated to take advantage of a free $20 lottery ticket or chance to win a SUNY or CUNY Scholarship—let’s put this pandemic in the rear view mirror for good.”

Statewide, there were 480 new cases of COVID-19, for a positivity rate of 0.37% with a seven-day average of 0.47% positivity rate. Across New York, there were 709 patients hospitalized with 181 of them in intensive care units. There were 11 deaths due to COVID over the past day, Cuomo said, bringing the total number of deaths to 42,844 since the pandemic began in March 2020. There has been a total of 19,911,586 doses of the vaccine administered to state residents, with 69.2% of those 18 and older receiving at least one vaccine; and 59.6% of New York adults are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine appointments and walk-ins are available at various Oneida County-operated PODs. To view all dates and locations, and to book an appointment, go online to www.ocgov.net.

The county saw eight new positive cases, officials said in Friday’s COVID update. There are 111 active positive cases.

For additional information, view the Oneida County COVID-19 Dashboard at https://hoccpp.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/d88f4e10d59d4553b24c3add5abcbb0b.

There were no new COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total to 429 since the pandemic began.

There are six patients are hospitalized in Oneida County — five at the Mohawk Valley Health System and one at Rome Health. There were 111 individuals in mandatory isolation and another 183 in mandatory quarantine.

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