Statewide seven-day COVID-19 average positivity rate continues to decline

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On Monday, the statewide seven-day COVID-19 average positivity rate was 0.37%, marking a record low for 24 consecutive days, and a decline for 77 days straight, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

Further there were 10 COVID-19 deaths statewide on Sunday.

In Oneida County, there were nine new positive cases of COVID-19 between June 18 and June 20, and no new COVID-19 related deaths during that period.

Speaking to ongoing work to both vaccinate New Yorkers and reopen the economy, Cuomo said in a statement, “From the highest positivity rate on the globe, to one of the lowest positivity rates in the nation, New Yorkers have worked tirelessly to keep their communities safe and show up for each other throughout the pandemic … With reopening underway, New Yorkers should be proud of themselves and start living life again, enjoying all that our beautiful state has to offer. If you haven’t already, get your vaccine so you can live life uninhibited and go forward to make priceless memories with your loved ones.” 

Vaccination appointments and walk-ins are currently available at multiple Oneida County-operated vaccination sites. To book an appointment, visit: www.ocgov.net.

For more information on the New York State vaccine program, visit: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

Essential travel rules

Also on Monday, elected officials made a few more announcements related to COVID-19.

With pandemic restrictions completely lifted in New York last week as the state reached a 70% vaccination rate, U.S. Senate Charles Schumer, D-NY, is pushing for Canadian and U.S. officials to, “adopt new essential traveler rules – which would include anyone who has been vaccinated and has familial, property, educational, commercial, or medical interests,” according to a release.

According to information from Schumer’s office, since March 2020, “American and Canadian stakeholders on both sides of the border have grown frustrated with the endless cycle of month-by-month closure extensions and the lack of transparency on which they’re decided. Just this week, New York State achieved the major goal of at least 70% of all residents have received one vaccine.”

Stated Schumer, “...Once I heard the border closure would be extended yet again for another long thirty days, I immediately called the Canadian Ambassador to see what we can do, on both sides, to finally reopen the border and truly get Upstate New York on the road to recovery.”

The senator went on to indicate that he would continue to push for the border to safely open for travel, business and to reunite families and friends. 

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