COVID cases hold steady in county

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UTICA — There were 24 new positive COVID-19 cases reported in Oneida County on Tuesday, continuing the trend of fewer positive cases over the past several weeks. The two-dozen cases brought the total number of positive coronavirus tests to 19,483 since the pandemic began one year ago, according to the figures released by the Oneida County Health Department.

There are 603 active positive cases in the area, the health officials reported, including 33 patients in county hospitals. There are four patients in Rome Health and 29 in Mohawk Valley Health System facilities. There are 603 individuals in mandatory isolation and another 841 in mandatory quarantine.

More than 3 million New York residents — including 157,460 in the Mohawk Valley — have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced today. The figure represents 15.2% of New Yorkers who have now received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Among Mohawk Valley residents, 130,924 have also received the second dose of the vaccination. Approximately 10 million New Yorkers are eligible to receive the vaccine, Cuomo said, adding that the state’s distribution network and large population of eligible individuals still far exceed the supply coming from the federal government.

New York expects to receive approximately 164,800 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week. The added doses will supplement the expected Week 12 supply of Pfizer and Moderna vaccine doses for a total of approximately 878,080 doses, the highest-ever weekly allocation.

The week 12 allocation from the federal government will begin arriving mid-week. Despite the increase shipment, the supply still remains far below the demand, Cuomo said, adding that New Yorkers are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment.

Shifting gears toward testing, the state reported that 5,800 residents on Tuesday tested positive for the coronavirus out of 128,034 tests for a 4.50% positivity rate. The 7-Day average positivity rate was 3.09%. There were 5,369 patients hospitalized across New York with 502 new patients admitted. There were 82 deaths, bringing the state total to 38,660 dead since the pandemic began one year ago.

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