COVID-19 positivity rate continues downward trend

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On Tuesday, the statewide seven-day average COVID-19 positivity rate was 0.36%, marking 78 days straight of declining numbers. 

There were eight COVID-19 deaths across the state on Monday.

In Oneida County on June 21, there were three new positive cases and no new COVID-19-related deaths.

There were four patients hospitalized in Oneida County with three at Mohawk Valley Health System and one at Rome Health.

Work to vaccinate state residents continues.

“As New York remains focused on rebuilding and revitalizing our economy for a post-pandemic world, ensuring we continue to vaccinate as many people as possible remains the key to defeating this virus once and for all,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

He continued, “We’ve come a long way in our efforts to get every New Yorker vaccinated, and we’re continuing to do everything in our power to get even more shots in arms. The future ahead looks bright, but we need everyone who hasn’t yet taken the shot to do so immediately so we can finally defeat this beast.”

Vaccines

There are numerous avenues to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine.

• To see information compiled by the state pertaining to vaccines, visit: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

• Vaccine appointments and walk-ins are currently available at various Oneida County-operated vaccine sites. To book an appointment, visit www.ocgov.net.

• COVID-19 vaccines will be available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 23 at Roc-Star Ice Cream, 268 Sanger Ave. in Waterville, according to a release.

The vaccines, which are free, are being administered through a partnership of the Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Upstate Family Health Center, Inc., and the Mohawk Valley Health System.

Both Johnson & Johnson (one-shot for ages 18 and older) and Pfizer (ages 12 and older) vaccines will be available. A paramedic will also be available to answer any questions or address any concerns about the vaccine, a release continues.

“Vaccines are one important way to halt the spread of COVID-19 and to end the suffering and deaths of those infected with the virus,” said Chief Thomas Meyers of COCVAC, in a statement. “We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be vaccinated and that’s why we’re bringing vaccines into the community, making them available and convenient.”

Rich Williams, director of Nursing Services, Upstate Family Health Center, added, “Since the vaccines rolled out in December, we have been engaged in trying to get community members vaccinated, whether it was in our health center or in vaccine PODs across the region … We have witnessed, first-hand, the negative impact that COVID-19 has had on the lives of our patients and community members and know that the most effective way to halt this pandemic is through vaccines.”

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