An over abundance of test requests but limited supplies


There are 137 individuals in quarantine, 81 of those individuals are precautionary and 130 have been tested. As of today, two people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Oneida County.

There is an over abundance of testing requests but supplies are limited. Director of Health for the Oneida County Health Department, Phyllis Ellis says, “People think that if they have any minor symptoms or perhaps went somewhere in the U.S. that was out of town that they should be tested.” They are not testing people for clearance.

“If you have very minor symptoms and you don’t feel well, you might have some seasonal allergy symptoms that you normally get this time of the year, will get worse. Let your provider know that but basically your provider will tell you to stay home, do symptomatic treatment, fluids, rest, Tylenol, Motrin and those kinds of things.” Also, self quarantine for 14 days.—Ellis

If an individual has another underlying condition that causes the person to be at risk, it is important to discuss with provider and a test may be issued.

However, even providers will have to follow a stricter criteria. Ellis says this will allow for, “Scarce resource utilization, saving that resource for the most critically ill people and the health care providers that have to take care of them.”

Yesterday, Oneida County Executive, Anthony Picente announced that a helpline (315-798-5439) has been established to assist families with issues such as closings or restrictions, daycare, emergency assistance, aging and chronic care services.

There is also a volunteer e-mail that people can utilize to help out during this time of need .

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