Oneida County reported two new deaths related to COVID-19 this weekend as total confirmed cases reached 1,019.
Both of the deaths, reported Saturday, were related to nursing homes. The county has had 48 deaths related to the pandemic. Fully 24% percent of the county’s test-confirmed cases have been in nursing homes, and two thirds in facilities, which also include hospitals, state correctional or mental health facilities, group homes and Green Empire Farms, where many greenhouse workers are housed in Oneida County.
Fifty patients were being treated in county hospitals with the disease as of Sunday afternoon.
The county, along with the other five counties in the Mohawk Valley region, entered the second phase of lifting of pandemic restrictions imposed by the state. On Sunday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that dentists may open their offices and must follow state guidance on best practices for safety and social distancing.
New York on Sunday reported 1,110 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 370,770 confirmed cases.