14 new COVID cases in Oneida County


Oneida County reported 14 cases of COVID-19 on Monday after recording 48 over the weekend, as well as its 130th death of a person with the disease.

The new cases included 31 announced Saturday and 17 on Sunday.

As of Monday afternoon, the county was tracking 259 known active cases. Fourteen county residents were hospitalized in the county with COVID-19, including a nursing home resident, all in the Mohawk Valley Health System in Utica and New Hartford. Two county residents were hospitalized outside the county.

In addition to the people with recent positive tests, 1,339 were in mandatory quarantine for recent close contact with someone who had tested positive.

The county entered November with about as many active cases as in late June and early July. The number of known active cases peaked at 401 June 1 and hit bottom with 40 on Aug. 31. After colleges opened, more tests were performed, as all campuses in the county conducted testing of students and staff, whether directly or pooled.

As of Monday, Utica College reported five current student cases and none among employees. Hamilton College reported five active cases among students and three among employees. Mohawk Valley Community College reported one active case, and SUNY Polytechnic Institute none.

Regionally, the Mohawk Valley saw an continued increase in the number of new cases per 100,000 residents on a rolling seven-day average basis to 7.51. It had been 6.18 Friday. The rate of test results that indicate COVID-19 held steady at 0.9%, as did gross new hospitalizations per 100,000 on a weekly average basis, at .50.

The statewide numbers were 10.7, 1.6% and 0.7.

New York state was ranked 46th among the states in new cases per 100,000 on a rolling seven-day average basis, according to metrics compiled by the Brown University School of Public Health, the Harvard Global Health Institute and Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. Lowest was Vermont, at 2.8, followed by Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire and Washington. Worst were South Dakota, at 131; North Dakota, 116, and Wisconsin, at nearly 80 cases per 100,000 people.

The coalition also ranked congressional districts for risk levels and assigned an orange level to the 22nd Congressional District, of which Oneida and Madison are part, for 15.2 new cases per 100,000 people a day on a weekly basis. Orange is considered accelerated spread with stay-at-home orders or rigorous test and trace programs advised and is the second highest of four levels. New York state and Oneida County are in the orange category.

Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said no extra guidance has been developed for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, but he urged state residents to exercise diligence because risks of spreading the coronavirus will be high over the long holiday weekend.

“Masks, social distancing. It works if you do it,” he said on a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon.

The Oneida County Health Department announced the following possible public exposures to someone with a recent positive tests and recommended self-monitoring for symptoms:

Dollar General at 34 Chenango Ave. S, Clinton, 10:30-11 a.m. Oct. 23; self-monitor through Nov. 7

Hobby Lobby, 4605 Commercial Drive, New Hartford, 2-2:15 p.m. Oct. 24; self-monitor through Nov. 7.

Price Chopper at 4535 Commercial Drive, New Hartford, 2:30-2:45 p.m. Oct. 24; self-monitor through Nov. 7.

Shear Envy Salon, 8623 Clinton St., New Hartford, 3:30-5:15 p.m. Oct. 29; self-monitor through Nov. 12.

Pumpkin Junction, 2811 Graffenburg Road, Sauquoit, 7:15-10:15 p.m. Oct. 29; self-monitor through Nov. 12.

Price Chopper in the North Utica Shopping Center, 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 27; self-monitor through Nov. 10.

Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse, 147 N. Genesee St., Utica, 5-10:30 p.m. Oct. 27; self-monitor through Nov. 10.

Walmart at 5815 Rome-Taberg Road in Rome, 5:20-5:45 p.m. Oct. 27; self-monitor through Nov. 10.

Black River Ale House, 1747 Black River Blvd. N., Rome, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Oct. 28 and 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 30; self-monitor through Nov. 11 or Nov. 13, respectively.

Michael's in Consumer Square in New Hartford, 7-7:30 p.m. Oct. 28; self-monitor through Nov. 11.

Target, Sangertown Square in New Hartford, 730-7:50 p.m. Oct. 28; self-monitor through Nov. 11.

Spirit Halloween, Sangertown Square in New Hartford, 8-8:20 p.m. Oct. 28; self-monitor through Nov. 11.

Hannaford at 808 W. Chestnut St., Rome, 11:30-11:45 a.m. Oct. 29; self-monitor through Nov. 15.

Mohawk Valley Community College early voting site in the Jorgensen Center, 1102 Sherman Drive, Utica, 3-4 p.m. Oct. 30; self-monitor through Nov. 13.


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