Statewide COVID-19 positivity rate lowest since Sept. 11 at 0.85%


In a Thursday announcement, Gov.Andrew M. Cuomo said the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate had dropped to 0.85%, the lowest since Sept. 11.

In additional numbers, as of mid-day Thursday, 43 percent of all state residents had been fully vaccinated, and work was continuing to get more people vaccinated.

“...If you look at where we are today, the numbers are really promising--our overall positivity rate is a fraction of what it is nationwide and more than half of New Yorkers are now fully vaccinated. But COVID is still not over and what we do today determines what will happen tomorrow, so I encourage New Yorkers to continue practicing all necessary safety precautions and most importantly, get vaccinated if you haven’t done so already,” Cuomo said in a portion of a statement.

Oneida County updates facility mask policy

In a local Thursday update, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. said any visitors to a county facility must continue to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

“While the news of mask restrictions being loosened for fully vaccinated residents is definitely welcomed in most settings, we must ensure that our county facilities remain safe and secure for those who depend on our services and come here to do business,” Picente said in a statement. “Therefore, any outside visitor to any of our county facilities must continue to wear masks, regardless of their vaccination status, until further notice.”

The mandate applies to members of the public seeking services and doing business, outside vendors and contractors, meeting attendees and members of the media, a release continues.

In ongoing local efforts to vaccinate the public, the county again noted that Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine appointments and walk-ins are currently available at various county-operated vaccine PODs.

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• On May 19, there were 23 new positive COVID-19 cases and no new deaths in Oneida County.

There were 11 patients hospitalized in Oneida County with eighth at Mohawk Valley Health System facilities and three at Rome Health. There are six residents hospitalized out of the county.


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