Seven-day average statewide positivity rate for COVID-19 is 3.68%

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There were 33 COVID-19-related deaths across the state on Thursday and Friday’s seven-day average statewide positivity rate measured 3.68%, according to information from Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office.

The call for vaccination continues.

“Getting the booster is a critical way to protect ourselves and our loved ones that goes hand in hand with washing our hands and wearing a mask,” Hochul said in a statement. “80% of New York’s adults are vaccinated, but COVID-19 is surging in regions with lower vaccination rates. If you remain unvaccinated, get vaccinated. Get your children vaccinated. If you’ve had your vaccination, get your booster. Take every precaution necessary to keep your community safe as we head into the holiday season.”

Local numbers

On Thursday, Oneida County tallied 172 new positive cases and one new virus-related death. 

That day, the daily positivity rate was measured at 6.5%, and there were 68 Oneida County residents hospitalized.

Of those hospitalized, 47 were unvaccinated and 21 were vaccinated. Further, there were 44 at Mohawk Valley Health System, 15 at Rome Health and nine were hospitalized outside the county.

Booster shots

Friday night, Gov. Kathy Hochul commented on the Centers for Disease Control approval of COVID-19 booster shots for all adults.

“Today, boosters for all adults cleared the final round of federal review by health experts and doctors. This is great news as we enter the holiday season and gather indoors with friends and family,” Hochul said in a statement.

“Boosters can help provide additional protection, especially for those over the age of 50 and others with underlying conditions. With 80% of New York State adults fully vaccinated, getting the booster is another important way to protect ourselves and our loved ones, as well as washing our hands and wearing a mask. … We know the recent increase in the spread of COVID across regions of New York State is happening due to lower vaccination rates in those areas. Getting more New Yorkers vaccinated, including children aged 5 and older, remains the best way to help turn the tide in our fight against COVID-19,” she continued.

COVID-19 information links

• New York State’s COVID-19 data has been collected in one online spot at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-data-new-york

• 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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