On Wednesday, the statewide seven-day COVID-19 average positivity rate was measured at 3.16% as Tuesday’s death toll across New York brought 20 deaths from the pandemic virus.
In Oneida County, there were 45 new cases of COVID recorded on Aug. 17 and there have been no virus-related deaths since Aug. 10.
According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, a majority of recent cases are being caused by the Delta variant of the virus.
Based on data provided by the state, “approximately 95% of recent positives in New York State are linked to the Delta variant for samples collected between Aug. 1 and Aug. 14, 2021,” a release notes.
Because of the presence of variants, officials continue to urge vaccination.
“New Yorkers worked tirelessly to prevent the spread of the COVID virus in their communities and we cannot afford to take any steps backward,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The vaccine has repeatedly been proven effective against the virus and with the ongoing spread of the Delta variant, it is crucial that you get vaccinated if you haven’t already. It’s free, it’s available and it’s effective.”
COVID-19 information links
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
The New York State Department of Health offers statewide information on COVID-19 at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov