94 new cases, three COVID deaths in county

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On Tuesday in Oneida County, there were 94 new cases of COVID-19 as well as three new virus-related deaths.

Also, 61% of county residents over the age of 12 were fully vaccinated as of Wednesday afternoon. At the time, there were 989 active cases of the pandemic virus in the county. The positivity rate is 4.6%.

There were 51 Oneida County residents hospitalized (33 unvaccinated/18 vaccinated) with 33 at Mohawk Valley Health System, six at Rome Health and 12 out of the county.

Because the pandemic virus has shown no signs of waning after a climb in numbers that began about six weeks ago, state and local officials continue to work on assistance programs for those financially impacted by the pandemic.

COVID-19 rental assistance update

In a letter to Department of the Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Gov. Kathy Hochul requested additional Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) funding, as many state residents continue to struggle with rent payments amid the ongoing pandemic, according to a release.

“As New York State continues to recover from the severe economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers face deep rental debt and ultimately potential eviction from their homes. To help meet this need, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) has been an invaluable tool in already assisting over 120,000 eligible New Yorkers who are unable to pay their rent. However, New York State is rapidly reaching a critical milestone as all ERAP funding allocated to it by the United States Treasury will soon be fully obligated or distributed. Given that we are at this very critical juncture, I am writing to provide you with an update of the rapid progress we have made with our program and to formally request additional funding to further meet the needs of tenants who have significant rental debt and who could face eviction and long-term housing instability without additional federal assistance…,” reads a portion of the letter.

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

• To see COVID-19 information for Madison County, visit: https://on.ny.gov/3je8vr0

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

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