COVID numbers remain low in Oneida County as movie theaters can reopen

Posted

Oneida County reported two new COVID-19 cases on Monday for 118 known active positive cases as indicators of the pandemic continue to decline in the county and region, and New York state announced that movie theaters and ski resorts can open soon with restrictions.

Five patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Oneida County as of mid-day Monday, all in the Mohawk Valley Health System; one was a nursing home resident.

In addition to those with a positive test and in isolation, 678 were in mandatory quarantine because of possible or confirmed contact with people with COVID-19.

The county reported seven new positive tests on Saturday and five on Sunday.

Regionally, indicators in the six-county Mohawk Valley region declined. The percentage of test results indicating COVID-19 averaged over a rolling seven-day period was 0.4%, tied with the North Country for lowest in the state, and the weekly average of new cases each day per 100,000 people stood at 2.47, lowest except for 2.28 in the North Country, where there were five positive tests reported Monday in St. Lawrence County.

The statewide figures were 1.2% of tests indicating COVID-19, and 7.28 new cases per 100,000 daily.

Movie theaters outside of New York City may open Friday at 25 percent capacity and with no more than 50 people per screen, Cuomo announced. Theaters may open in counties with positive test rates less than 2 percent on a 14-day average and which have no identified cluster zones.

Oneida County’s rate was 0.3%. In Madison County, it was 1.2%.

State guidance on the reopening of theaters includes the following conditions:

Masks will be required at all times except when seated and eating or drinking.

Assigned seating will be required in all theaters.

Social distancing between parties will be required at all times.

Additional staffing will be required to control occupancy, traffic and seating to ensure compliance.

Enhanced air filtration, ventilation and purification standards must be met by theaters.

The rules meant theaters cannot open this week in 12 of the state’s 62 counties: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Cortland, Greene, Orange, Rockland, Schuyler, Steuben and Tioga.

Cuomo also announced rules for ski areas in New York, which has more than any other state. 

Ski areas must limit their indoor spaces to half their capacity. Masks must be required at all times except when skiing or eating and drinking, and social distancing is required between parties at all times. Lifts are to be limited to members of the same party, ski lessons can have no more than 10 people, rented equipment is to be cleaned and disinfected, and shuttles, food and beverage and other retail services are to confirm to other state guidance.

Outdoor capacity is to be reduced by 25% during peak days or if multiple trails are closed because of conditions.

In the announcement Cuomo alluded to state restrictions requiring anyone visiting some 30 states to quarantine when returning to New York, a list that includes major ski destination states like Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

"Beginning next month, ski resorts will be allowed to reopen with limited indoor capacity, which will allow New Yorkers to have some outdoor activity this winter without having to quarantine when they come back,” Cuomo said.

Neighboring Vermont is not on the list, but Vermont requires visitors from most New York counties to quarantine at home or once in Vermont, based on the infection rates in each county.

The Oneida County Health Department announced the following incidents of possible public exposure to someone with COVID-19 and recommends anyone at these locations at these times monitor themselves for symptoms:

JC Penney at Sangertown Square mall in New Hartford, 3-6 p.m. Oct. 8 and noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 14; self-monitor through Oct. 22 or Oct. 28 respectively.

Hannaford at 55 Meadow St. in Clinton, 4-6 p.m. Oct. 13; self-monitor through Oct. 27.

Walgreen’s at 208 Herkimer Road in Utica, 4-5 p.m. Oct. 14; self-monitor through Oct. 28.

Price Chopper at the North Utica Shopping Center, 3-5 p.m. Oct. 9; self-monitor through Oct. 23.

Panera Bread on Commercial Drive in New Hartford, 3-5 p.m. Oct. 9; self-monitor through Oct. 23.

Starbucks on Commercial Drive in New Hartford, 3-5 p.m. Oct. 9; self-monitor through Oct. 23.

Maple Leaf Market at 6765 Route 13 in Verona Beach, 3-5 p.m. Oct. 10; self-monitor through Oct. 24.

Wagner Farms, 5841 Old Oneida Road, Rome, 3-5 p.m. Oct. 11; self-monitor through Oct. 25.

Aldi, 121 Herkimer Road, Utica, 3-5 p.m. Oct. 11; self-monitor through Oct. 25.

Walgreen’s, 208 Herkimer Road, Utica, 3-5 p.m. Oct. 12; self-monitor through Oct. 26.

Red Lobster, Commercial Drive in New Hartford, 5-6 p.m. Oct. 16; self-monitor through Oct. 30.

T.J. Maxx, Commercial Drive in New Hartford, 6:15-6:30 p.m. Oct. 16; self-monitor through Oct. 30.

Five Below, Commercial Drive in New Hartford, 6:30-6:40 p.m. Oct. 16; self-monitor through Oct. 30.

Will’s Cackleberry Castle Pumpkin Farm, 1175 Hillsboro Road, Camden, 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 16; self-monitor through Oct. 30.

Walmart on Commercial Drive in New Hartford, 9-9:30 p.m. Oct. 16; self-monitor through Oct. 30.

Walgreen’s at 49 Kellogg Road, New Hartford, 9:30-9:45 p.m. Oct. 16; self-monitor through Oct. 30.

Comments

No comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment