ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — In Friday’s report, Oneida County confirmed 3 new positive cases of Coronavirus; This brings the total to 2,238. There are no new COVID-19 related fatalities; The total number of deaths is 121. 82 cases are active, 6 patients are hospitalized and 2,035 cases are resolved.
In Friday’s update, the Herkimer County Government Facebook page reported no new positive cases of Coronavirus, the total is now 307. 7 cases are active, no patients are hospitalized, 8 people have passed away and 292 patients have recovered.
The Otsego County Department of Health has not released a COVID-19 update since last Friday, August 21st.
Earlier this week the CDC released new guidelines about getting tested for COVID-19. IT says that if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet) of a person with a COVID-19 infection for at least 15 minutes, but do not have symptoms, then you do not necessarily need to get tested. They say this is only recommended if you are a vulnerable individual, or your healthcare provider, state or local public health officials suggest you do so.
In other words, they’re leaving that decision up to healthcare providers, state and local governments. It also says that a negative test does not mean you can’t develop an infection from the close contact or contract the infection at a later date. This has raised some confusion and concern because it contradicts their initial advice to keep the infection rate under control but getting tested, contact tracing and isolating for 14 days.
The Director of CDC, Robert Redfield has released a statement on Wednesday saying, “Everyone who needs a COVID-19 test, can get a test. Everyone who wants a test does not necessarily need a test; the key is to engage the needed public health community in the decision with the appropriate follow-up action.”
More Coronavirus updates will be in the daily briefing on Monday, August 31st.