Progress cited as infection rates dip across state

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On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined with assorted state elected officials to highlight low COVID-19 infection rates, but also to urge state residents to get an available vaccine.

“We are still making progress,” Cuomo said on Wednesday, pointing out that the seven day statewide average positivity rate is 2.6%, which is the lowest average since Nov. 11. 

However, despite successes, 53 people died across the state on Tuesday from COVID-19. To continue virus combat efforts, Cuomo continued to push getting the vaccine. As of Wednesday, 12 million doses had been administered since vaccinations began.

“We have to reach herd immunity (typically touted as 70% of the population) … It is safe,” he said.

Among announcements, Cuomo said beginning Friday, April 23, 16 mass vaccination sites will accept walk-in appointments for individuals age 60 and older, without any appointment.

“New York state will set aside a vaccine allocation to facilitate this expanded vaccination access. There may be a wait for those opting to walk-in at some sites depending on demand. Additionally, all proof of identity and insurance information, if applicable, will be needed,” a release notes.

Locally, that service will be available at a site located at: SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Wildcat Field House, 880 Wildcat Drive in Utica.

In Oneida County, officials note that vaccine distribution spots continue to be opening up.

“Vaccination appointments are currently available at multiple Oneida County-operated PODs, including new locations in Whitesboro and Lee Center. To view the full list and to book an appointment please visit www.ocgov.net,” a release reads.

On April 20, there were 36 new positive COVID-19 cases in Oneida County and no new related deaths. To see an updated Oneida County COVID-19 dashboard, visit: https://bit.ly/3amqPtc

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