Oneida County surpasses 1 million COVID tests

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This week, Oneida County passed the one million mark when it comes to diagnostic testing for COVID-19, according to information from the county.

As of Friday morning, 1,010,652 diagnostic tests for COVID-19 have been logged in the county since the beginning of the pandemic.

The dataset compiled on the county’s COVID dashboard includes information on the number of tests of individuals for COVID-19 infection performed in New York State beginning March 1, 2020, when the first case of COVID-19 was identified in the state, county officials noted Friday, adding that the goal of publishing the daily updated dataset is to educate the public about local disease spread and reporting of positive cases.

“Test counts reflect those reported to DOH each day. A person may have multiple specimens tested on one day, these would be counted one time, i.e., if two specimens are collected from an individual at the same time and then evaluated, the outcome of the evaluation of those two samples to diagnose the individual is counted as a single test of one person, even though the specimens may be tested separately,” a statement notes, “Conversely, if an individual is tested on more than one day, the data will show two tests of an individual, one for each date the person was tested. An individual will only be counted positive one time.”

The state compiled test counts are assigned to a county based on the following order of preference: the patient’s address, the ordering healthcare provider/campus address and then the ordering facility/campus address.

Numbers

On Thursday, there were 25 COVID-19-related deaths across New York and Friday’s statewide seven-day average positivity rate measured 2.20%, according to information from Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office. 

In Oneida County, there were 75 new virus cases and no new virus-related deaths on Thursday, according to county information.

The positivity rate for the county was 4%.

There were 55 Oneida County residents hospitalized (35 unvaccinated/20 vaccinated) with 35 at Mohawk Valley Health System, 15 at Rome Health and five out of the county. The positivity rate for the Mohawk Valley was 4.42%

COVID-19 links

• New York State’s COVID-19 data has been collected in one online spot at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-data-new-york

• 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

• To see COVID-19 information for Madison County, visit: https://on.ny.gov/3je8vr0

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