COVID-19 Daily Briefing in Oneida County: Friday, May 22nd, Early Edition

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ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — On Thursday ‌Oneida County reported 17 new positive cases of Coronavirus. The county’s total is 819. There are two new COVID-19 related fatalities, the total number of deaths is 37. 340 cases are active, 34 patients are hospitalized and 442 cases are resolved. 

The daily briefing with Picente and the Oneida County Health Department will be live at 3 p.m. on our stations WUTR and WFXV and streaming on our website cnyhomepage.com. 

Today is day 83 of the COVID-19 crisis in New York State. The good news is that the hospitalizations, net hospitalizations, icu, new cases and deaths continue to decline. On May 21st 109 more people died from Coronavirus. During Friday’s daily address, Governor Cuomo said that the spike in the curve increased really fast, but the way down the curve is happening very slowly. 

He’s encouraging businesses and regions that qualify to reopen, to do so, but to be smart about it. The constant recurring theme tells local leaders to test, trace, isolate those who are positive, maintain the appropriate hospital capacity and monitor changes. 

Today the state has launched a new  pilot program with 52 independent pharmacies that will conduct 7,000 COVID-19 tests per week. Currently there are 750 testing sites statewide and there are more tests available than there are people trying to get tested. Cuomo urges all residents with symptoms or have been exposed to someone who tested positive, to go get tested. Contact tracing is underway in all 7 regions, and so far, the Mohawk Valley has 166 contact tracers. 

More COVID-19 updates will be in the Friday evening daily briefing. 

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