Gov. Andrew Cuomo provided updates Thursday on progress being made to combat the coronavirus pandemic in New York state.
On Thursday, the seven-day average positivity rate had dropped to 1.98% statewide.
This is the first time that number has been under 2% since Nov. 7, 2020.
Further, there were 38 deaths across the state on Wednesday.
“The COVID virus changes almost every day, and as the enemy changes we have to adjust our tactics to defeat it,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“The numbers are all headed in the right direction, and as they go down we are continuing to relax restrictions more and more so we can begin to get back to normal. But we’re not done with COVID yet - all the good numbers mean nothing if we don’t keep up with the precautions we know work to stop the spread. I encourage all New Yorkers to wear a mask, remain socially distanced and most importantly, get vaccinated.”
In additional remarks, the governor noted that as of early Thursday, more than 15 million COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered in New York State, and approximately one in three state residents are now fully vaccinated.
Also, beginning Thursday April 29, all New York state mass vaccination sites are open to eligible New Yorkers for walk-in vaccination on a first come first serve basis for all.
“The walk-in appointments are reserved for first doses only with second doses to be scheduled automatically after administration of the initial shot,” a release states.
In Oneida County, vaccination appointments and walk-ins are currently available at multiple Oneida County-operated vaccination PODs, according to a Thursday release.
To view all dates and to book an appointment, please visit www.ocgov.net.
On April 28, there were 48 new positive cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths. There were nine patients hospitalized in Oneida County with eight at Mohawk Valley Health System and one at Rome Health. One of the nine patients are nursing home residents. There were four residents hospitalized out of the county.
To date, there have been 21,478 positive cases of COVID-19 in Oneida County and 416 deaths.