COVID-19 Daily Briefing in Oneida County: Thursday, April 2nd, Morning


As of Wednesday April 2nd Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente confirmed 9 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Oneida County, bringing the total to 55. 

Local first responders have requested to stay in separate locations to keep their families from getting sick. Utica College has volunteered to have their campus available for those who want to self-isolate. 

In Wednesday’s daily briefing Picente also announced all campgrounds are closed and will not reopen until July 1st. He said that campgrounds are communal sites where people congregate and that it goes against public safety to keep them open. People who use the campgrounds as seasonal residences are advised to stay in their primary homes until the pandemic is over. 

The daily briefing with Picente and the Oneida County Health Department is scheduled for 3 p.m. and that will be streaming live on our website

Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES staff members are creating face shields for local healthcare workers. The staff takes turns going into their facility to practice social distancing. They use 3D printers to design and assemble medical face shields that protect the face, nose, mouth and eyes from having contact with an infectious disease. So far, the OHM FAB lab has created 12 masks but they’re hoping to make at least 60. 

As of Wednesday, Governor Cuomo has announced 7,917 additional cases of Coronavirus in New York state, with the total now at 83,712. More than 220,000 people in the state have been tested with more than 15,000 people tested each day. 

Cuomo continues to stress the importance of compliance and practicing social distancing. All New York City playgrounds are closed to ensure that people are not having close contact with one another.

Governor Cuomo’s daily briefing is scheduled for Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Updates from that meeting and other information about COVID-19 will be in the afternoon briefing right here on

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