Monday, as cases of COVID-19 continue to be monitored, the state announced new school district focused resources for parents.
This, as there were 24 virus-related deaths across New York on Sunday and the statewide seven-day average positivity infection rate was measured at 2.72%, according to information from Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office.
In Oneida County, there were 261 new positive cases and four COVID-19-related deaths during the Sept. 24-26 timeframe, according to a Monday release from the county.
The positivity rate for the county is 4.3%.
There were 58 Oneida County residents hospitalized (42 unvaccinated/16 vaccinated) with 34 at Mohawk Valley Health System, 12 at Rome Health and 12 out of the county.
New York State School COVID-19 Report Card
The state also announced the availability of the updated New York State School COVID-19 Report Card, an online dashboard which tracks near real-time COVID infections and testing operations reported by schools and school districts.
“As of Monday, September 13th, all schools are required to submit a daily report to the Department on each operational day of the school year. This includes information on cases reported to the school and broken out by students, staff and teachers. Report card data includes: positive cases by date; number of students and staff on site; percentage of on-site positive cases; number of tests administered by school and test type; and date of last submission and update,” a statement reads, continuing, “The dashboard also includes lab-reported cases of COVID-19 for students 5-17 years old, as all COVID-19 test results for New York State residents 5-17 years old are reported by laboratories to the Department of Health. This reflects the number of COVID-19 tests and test results for students living in a school district. There may be discrepancies in the two data sets due to reporting lag times and other variables.”
On Monday, Hochul announced the implementation of COVID-19 booster doses into the State’s COVID-19 vaccination program.
In accordance with CDC’s recommendations, there are four groups of New Yorkers who are now eligible for their COVID-19 booster dose:
• New Yorkers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine should receive their booster dose at least six months after their primary vaccine series if: They are 65 years and older or residents in long-term care settings; They are 50-64 years of age with underlying medical conditions.
• New Yorkers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may receive their COVID-19 booster dose at least six months after their primary vaccine series if: They are 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions, based on individual benefits and risks; They are 18-64 years and are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting, based on individual benefits and risks.
Information from Hochul’s office continues, “At this time, individuals must have received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for their initial vaccine series at least six months ago to be eligible. Individuals who received the Moderna or Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine are not currently eligible for a booster dose at this time, but may be in the near future.”
“Our top priority remains staying ahead of this constantly changing virus and protecting New Yorkers with effective, long-lasting vaccines,” said Hochul in a statement. “As we’ve heard from our federal and State medical and health experts, as with many other vaccines, the protection from the COVID-19 vaccine can wane over time. A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will help particularly at-risk New Yorkers stay protected from the virus for longer. While the focus of our vaccination effort remains ensuring all unvaccinated New Yorkers get vaccinated, those who are booster eligible should waste no time receiving maximum protection from COVID-19 as soon as possible.”