Seven new COVID cases in Oneida County as region indicators steady

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Oneida County reported seven newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, for 98 known active cases, as indicators of the pandemic remained steady in the Mohawk Valley region.

One county resident was hospitalized with COVID-19 on Thursday, in the Mohawk Valley Health System.

In addition to the 98 people with a known test-confirmed case who were in isolation, 693 people were in mandatory quarantine because of contacts with people with positive tests.

Regionally, the six-county Mohawk Valley region’s positive test rate stood at 0.4%, unchanged from Wednesday, as was the number of new cases per 100,000 people averaged over the previous seven days, 3.15.

Statewide, the figures were a positive test rate of 1.1% and 6.80 new cases per 100,000.

Of test results reported the previous day statewide, 1.09% were positive, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. He also announced that the state would provide 200,000 test kits to New York City to test in schools in areas that have had a cluster of cases in the past two weeks.

Cuomo also announced that he was writing to President Donald Trump in Cuomo’s role as current chairman of the National Governor’s Association asking for a meeting to hash-out states’ roles in administering a vaccine should one be approved. Among issues to delineate are federal and state responsibilities, funding, supply-chain allocation and vaccine allocation, Cuomo said.

The Oneida County Health Department announced the following incidents of possible public exposures and recommends anyone at these locations at these times monitor themselves for symptoms:

Universal Check Cashing, 333 Genesee St., Utica, 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 9; self monitor through Oct. 23.

Walmart at 5815 Rome-Taberg Road in Rome, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 10; self-monitor through Oct. 24.

Hannaford at 1122 Mohawk St. in Utica, 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 12; self-monitor through Oct. 26.

Centro bus route UT12, 6:04-6:20 a.m. each day, route UT29 from 6:25-6:30 a.m., route UT28 from 3:50-4 p.m., and route U12 from 4-4:05 p.m., Oct. 6, 8, 12 through 14; self monitor for 14 days from the date of exposure.

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