COVID-19 Daily Briefing in Oneida County: Thursday, June 18th

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ONEIDA COUNTY. N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — In Thursday’s update, Oneida County reported 14 ‌new‌ ‌positive‌ ‌cases‌ ‌of‌ ‌Coronavirus‌, this‌ ‌brings‌ ‌the‌ ‌total ‌to‌ ‌1,303.‌ There are two new COVID-19 related fatalities; the total number of deaths is 84. 355 cases are active, 17 patients are hospitalized, 10 of which are nursing home residents, and 864 cases are resolved.

On Thursday, the Herkimer County Government Facebook page reported 2 new positive cases of Coronavirus, the total now at 143. 5 cases are active, one patient is currently hospitalized, 4 people have passed away and 134 patients have recovered.

The Otsego County Department of Health has not released a COVID-19 update since June 15th. 

In the governor’s daily address he said on Wednesday the state tested over 68,000 residents for COVID-19 and 618, or 0.90% came back positive. This is the lowest positive percentage since the initial outbreak. Global experts are reviewing data to determine whether or not New York City can enter phase II on Monday, June 22nd. Cuomo says they will have a decision tomorrow but businesses in the city should prepare to reopen next week. 

Cuomo also said that beginning today, New York is strengthening the state enforcement to protect residents. Violations of reopening rules and guidelines can result in an immediate loss of liquor license and a shut down order for businesses. There’s also a new executive order that gives bars responsibility directly outside of their locations to expand the enforcement areas of the State Liquor Authority. 

Cuomo discussed how the virus is spreading in unmanaged reopenings. He says the course of the pandemic was always, and is, dependent on our actions. 

For more Coronavirus updates tune into our stations WUTR and WFXV. The next daily briefing will be Friday, June 19th. 

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