Statewide COVID-19 positivity rate trending down
There were 133 COVID-19-related deaths across New York and the statewide seven-day average infection positivity rate was measured at 10%, according to a Monday release from Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office.
In a daily statement, Hochul said, "Our hard work to bring down the numbers during the winter surge is paying off, but we are not through this yet … Let's keep using the tools - the vaccine, booster and masks - that will help slow the spread of this virus, protect our families, and keep our schools and businesses open."
In Oneida County, there were 744 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 10 new virus-related deaths in Oneida County between Friday and Sunday.
Further, there were 77 Oneida County residents hospitalized due to COVID-19 during that time frame. Of that population hospitalized, there were 29 unvaccinated patients and 48 were vaccinated. There were 53 people hospitalized in the Mohawk Valley Health System, 12 at Rome Health and 12 outside the county.
On Monday in Madison County, there were 50 new positive cases of COVID-19, and there had been 141 over the weekend, according to a county report. There were no new virus-related deaths, but to date, there have been 125.
Also on Monday, there were 238 active cases and 14 people were hospitalized with COVID-19-related sickness.
Possible COVID-19 discrimination
Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, R-22, New Hartford, recently joined a letter led by Republican Conference Chair Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, R- 21, Schuylerville, to Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Kristen Clarke, urging the Department of Justice to immediately file suit to prevent New York State’s discriminatory race-based policy for distributing COVID-19 treatments from moving forward.
“In a December 27, 2021 directive, the Department of Health stated that ‘non-white race or Hispanic/Latino ethnicity should be considered a risk factor’ for COVID-19 and instructed healthcare providers to take race into account when providing treatments. This is a clear violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and of established case law,” reads a release from Tenney’s office.
In the letter, lawmakers wrote: “Among the many critical civil rights laws that your office enforces is Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Upholding this law makes it your duty to stop racial discrimination in any program that receives federal funding, which includes New York’s COVID-19 treatment programs. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York State has received billions of federal dollars for those programs.”
COVID-19 Information Links
-New York State’s COVID-19 data has been collected in one online spot at: https://on.ny.gov/3rw82oG
-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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