Statewide COVID-19 positivity rate lowest since Oct. 22


On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo continued to champion the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine effort as a means to reopen the economy.

“As the COVID-19 numbers improve and more residents get vaccinated, we’re reopening our economy and getting New Yorkers back to work,” Cuomo said in a statement.

He continued, “Our progress is a function of what New Yorkers do to slow the spread, so washing hands, wearing masks and social distancing remain important behaviors each of us can practice to keep everyone safe. We’re also continuing to focus on making the vaccine more accessible, and that means expanding walk-ins and opening new pop-up sites to reach specific populations that have lower vaccination rates. New Yorkers have labored for a long time to get to the light at the end of the tunnel, and we need everyone to stay vigilant and keep working together so we can finally defeat this COVID beast for good.”

On Friday, the statewide positivity rate had dropped to 1.22%, the lowest rate since Oct. 22, 2020.

Oneida County COVID-19 notes

• On May 6, there were 23 new positive cases of COVID-19, and one new COVID-19-related death in Oneida County. To date, there have been 21,694 positive cases of COVID-19 and 421 deaths related to the virus. There were five patients hospitalized in Oneida County with four at Mohawk Valley Health System and one at Rome Health. Four residents are hospitalized out of the county.

• Vaccination appointments and walk-ins continue to be available at multiple Oneida County-operated vaccination PODs. To book an appointment, visit:

To see an updated Oneida County COVID-19 dashboard, visit:


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