35 new COVID cases in Oneida County over the weekend

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Oneida County reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, for 161 known active positive cases, the most since early August.

The county reported 24 new positive tests, five of which were among nursing home residents, on Saturday, and 11 on Sunday.

As of mid-day Sunday, 12 county residents with COVID-19 were hospitalized. Eleven patients were in the Mohawk Valley Health System, and one was at Rome Memorial Hospital. Three of the patients were nursing home residents. One county resident with COVID-19 was hospitalized outside the county.

In addition to the 161 people isolating with an active case, 830 were in mandatory quarantine based on their contacts.

The number of active cases has been generally increasing through October, according to the county’s online COVID-19 dashboard. The number of active cases in the county peaked at 401 June 1 and reached its lowest Aug. 31 at 40.

Meanwhile, the statewide rate of tests indicating COVID-19 again rose to 1.35%, the highest rate since July 20 after being below 1% as recently as Sept. 29.

In Oneida County, the Health Department announced the following incidents of possible public exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and recommends anyone there at the time monitor themselves for symptoms:

Key Bank at 1125 Mohawk St., Utica, 2-2:15 p.m. Oct. 20; self-monitor through Nov. 3.

AMF Pin-O-Rama Lanes, 1724 Genesee St., Utica, 6-9:15 p.m. Oct. 15 and 6-9:15 p.m. Oct 16; self-monitor through Oct. 29.

Walmart at 710 Horatio St., Utica, 9:15-9:45 a.m. Oct. 20; self-monitor through Nov. 3.

Price Chopper in the North Utica Shopping Center, 6-6:15 a.m. Oct. 21; self-monitor through Nov. 3.

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