COVID-19 Daily Briefing in Oneida County: Thursday, April 16th, Early Edition


ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — In Wednesday’s daily briefing Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente confirmed 15 new cases of Coronavirus, the county’s total is now at 239. 177 of those positive cases are still active, 34 patients are hospitalized, 58 cases are resolved and 4 people have passed away. 

The daily briefing with Picente and the Oneida County Health Department will air at 3 p.m. right here on our website

In addition to the 4th of July Parade postponement, the city of Utica will also cancel the Memorial Day Parade. In a statement from the mayor’s office on Wednesday, it said that the parade, the wreath laying ceremonies, and other Memorial Day events have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. For questions you can call (315)-765-0975 ext. 201.

The Oneida County History Center is asking residents to share their COVID-19 stories to document this historic moment outbreak. These narratives will become part of the History Center’s collection and will be available for future researchers to learn about how the county was impacted by this global pandemic.

Anyone who’s interested can submit their story, images, and videos through an online form on the History Center’s website. They can also be mailed directly to the building at 1608 Genesee Street.

During Governor Cuomo’s daily briefing he said that when assessing which businesses can reopen we must consider the risk versus reward. He said we should reimagine the workplace and figure out ways to have some people continue to work from home and limit the amount of people in person until the pandemic is completely under control.

As previously stated earlier in the week, the executive order for all New Yorkers to wear a facemask in public goes into effect tomorrow April 17th. Cuomo says this is for residents who are traveling on public transportation, taking a private driving service, such as Uber or Lyft, or any other situation where you can’t physically be 6 feet away from someone. Both drivers and riders must wear a mask. 

Cuomo has extended the New York state PAUSE until May 15th. He doesn’t want to project much farther than a month ahead because a lot can change depending on how we continue to respond to this pandemic. Cuomo says the state will reassess the PAUSE as they receive more data and monitor the infection rate of the virus.

More COVID-19 updates will be in the Thursday evening daily briefing on our website 

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