One death, 11 new COVID cases in Oneida County

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Oneida County reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and one death related to the disease, for 128 fatalities since the pandemic arrived in March.

As of mid-day Thursday, there were 94 known active cases in the county. Four people were hospitalized. In addition, 718 people were in mandatory precautionary quarantine.

In the Mohawk Valley region, the positive-test rate was 0.4%, and the number of cases per day per 100,000 over a week was 2.71. Both indicators were second-lowest in the state, behind only the North Country, which includes Lewis County, at 0.3% and 1.53 cases. Hospitalizations per 100,000, an indicator of severity of infections generally, was basically unchanged in the Mohawk Valley at 0.29.

Statewide, the positive-test rate on a rolling seven-day basis stood at 1.3%, and new cases daily at 7.36.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a conference call with reporters, maintained a truer picture of the state’s overall rate excludes those in 20 hotspot ZIP codes, which would be 1.01% while the outbreaks’ combined rate was 5.8%. Those areas comprise 6% of the state population, Cuomo said. On a daily basis, the statewide rate with the hotspots included was 1.26%, according to Cuomo.

“The clusters are 6 percent of the state population. I don't think there's any other state that does enough testing to even know what 6 percent of the population is doing. So don't confuse 6 percent of the population and say it's representative of the state."

Also Wednesday, several upstate mayors self-quarantined after they had attended an event in Syracuse calling for federal aid to cities and Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 after taking part. Among the mayors were those of Syracuse, Albany and Schenectady. None announced a positive test or symptoms as of Thursday.

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