There were 49 COVID-19-related deaths across New York on Thursday and the statewide seven-day average infection positivity rate was measured at 4.85%, according to information from Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office.
Also, the combined Mohawk Valley region’s seven-day average infection rate was reported as 9.31% on Thursday.
Looking locally, Oneida County reported 201 new positive cases of the virus, and three new virus-related deaths tallied for Thursday.
Further, there were 89 Oneida County residents hospitalized, of that number, 62 were unvaccinated and 27 were vaccinated. There were 62 patients at Mohawk Valley Health System, 18 at Rome Health and nine hospitalized outside the county.
Elected officials continue the daily work of monitoring the pandemic, now almost two-years old, as well as looking to new virus variants of concern.
“New York State has confirmed five cases of the omicron variant. Let me be clear: this is not cause for alarm, we knew this variant was coming and we expect to see more cases,” Governor Hochul said. “I want to remind all New Yorkers to use the tools they have at their disposal to keep themselves and their communities safe: get your vaccine, get your booster, and wear your mask. We will get through this.”
Also on Thursday, Hochul’s office and the state Department of Health released written guidance on Executive Order No. 11, which enables the DOH to “protect access to critical health care services by limiting non-essential, non-urgent procedures at certain hospitals currently experiencing limited capacity,” a statement noted.
While the order became effective Friday, “determinations will be issued to facilities by December 6 to apply to procedures scheduled to occur on or after December 9,” a statement continued.
COVID-19 information links
• New York State’s COVID-19 data has been collected in one online spot at: https://on.ny.gov/3rw82oG
• 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