ONEIDA COUNTY. N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — On Friday 17 new positive cases of Coronavirus were reported in Oneida County, this brings the total to 836. There are no new COVID-19 related fatalities, the total number of deaths is 37. 343 cases are active, 35 patients are hospitalized and 456 cases are resolved.
In Friday’s update, the Herkimer County Government Facebook page reported 1 new positive case of Coronavirus. The county’s total is 115. 1 patient is hospitalized, 3 people have passed away and 93 patients have recovered.
The Otsego County Department of Health has not reported any new cases of COVID-19 since Tuesday, May 19th.
New York State, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, has created an online curriculum to train potential contact tracers. In Friday’s daily address with Governor Cuomo, he said that this training is available today, at no cost to all states that use it. This will help speed up the process of creating contact tracing programs.
Cuomo also said that many small business owners are struggling to survive during the pandemic. Small businesses represent 90% of all New York businesses and they play an immense role in the state’s economy. Economists estimate that more than 100,000 small businesses have permanently closed since the pandemic escalated in March. Cuomo says that minority-owned businesses are even more at risk, because they receive less in federal relief.
Today the state launched the $100+ million New York Forward Loan Fund. This will be able to provide flexible and affordable loans to help small businesses that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance. When distributing the loans, the state will focus on businesses with 20 employees or less and make less than $3 million in gross revenue. For more information visit esd.ny.gov/nyforwardloans.com.
We are still learning about Coronavirus, and the more we learn, the more the facts change. We’ve learned that it didn’t come from China, it came from Europe. Having antibodies doesn’t necessarily guarantee immunity. Originally, children did not seem to get very sick from the virus, but the new inflammatory illness suggests otherwise. One thing that’s remained the same, is that wearing a mask helps protect against the spread of the infection.
For more Coronavirus updates tune into our statutes WUTR and WFXV. The next daily briefing will be Monday, May 25th.