28 COVID-19 deaths across NYS on Thanksgiving

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There were 28 COVID-19-related deaths across New York on Thanksgiving and Friday’s statewide seven-day average infection positivity rate was measured at 3.82%, according to data released Friday by the governor’s office.

Updated COVID-19 data from Oneida County - covering the Thanksgiving holiday - was not available at presstime Friday. However, full detailed data will be released again on Monday, Nov. 29, according to a county spokesperson.

New variant

On Friday, Gov. Kathy Hochul commented on a newly detected variant of COVID-19.

“We are closely monitoring the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529, also known as the Omicron variant. The Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center Laboratory will continue to actively monitor COVID-19 virus samples selected from throughout New York State to compare sequences and identify circulating and new variants. While we have not yet identified any Omicron cases, we are not surprised that new variants are emerging and may likely end up in New York. We will continue to monitor WHO actions and work with our partners at the CDC to keep a close eye on developments,” Hochul stated.

The governor’s remarks continued, “I want to remind New Yorkers to continue taking the precautionary steps we know reduce the spread of this deadly virus: wear a mask in indoor public places, use proper hand hygiene, get tested, and stay home when sick. The vaccine also remains one of our greatest weapons in fighting the pandemic,”

COVID-19 Information

-New York State’s COVID-19 data has been collected in one online spot at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-data-new-york

-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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