Statewide positivity rate ticks upward; vaccinations available, says Cuomo

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While some other areas of the country are suffering with a resurgence of COVID-19 because of the delta variant, New York state had one COVID-19 death recorded statewide on Thursday, marking the fewest daily death tally since the pandemic began.

The state, however, also saw the seven-day average infection positivity rate continued to tick upward from recent lows under 1% to 1.58%, statewide.

In Oneida County, Thursday brought six new cases of the virus and there have been no virus related deaths since June 16.

Speaking to the effectiveness of the virus vaccines, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement, “The vaccine is our fast track to the end of the tunnel and those who haven’t taken advantage of its availability should do so immediately … Vaccination is safe, effective and it is the best way to keep the people you love safe. Don’t wait until it’s too late.”

In Oneida County, as of Friday afternoon 57% of those over the age of 12 had been fully vaccinated, according to information compiled on the county’s COVID information dashboard.

COVID-19 Information Links

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.

The New York State
Department of Health offers statewide information on COVID-19 at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov.

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