COVID-19 Daily Briefing in Oneida County: Thursday, March 26th, Afternoon


ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — As of Wednesday March 25th, Oneida County has 3 additional cases of Coronavirus, now there are 15 people who have tested positive. 2 of those patients are hospitalized. The Director of Oneida County Health Department Phyllis Ellis tells us that many of the people who tested positive for the virus just last week, are already beginning to recover.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente will hold the daily briefing Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. You can watch that live on our website and updated information will be in our stations WUTR and WFXV.

During Thursday’s daily briefing with Governor Cuomo, he said that the goal is to reduce the rate of increase in cases, not the number of cases and ultimately, avoid reaching an apex.

The state is scouting for sites that could be used to house patients in places like the Javits Center, Stony Brook, Westchester and Old Westbury. The goal is to have at least one 1000 plus overflow facility in one of the 5 boroughs in New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester or Rockland.

According to the governor’s office, the average time for a COVID-19 patient on a ventilator is 11-21 days. Now they are continuing to shop for more ventilators, 7,000 were purchased as of Wednesday March 25th. There’s splitting technology that has been approved so that two people can use one machine. Anesthesia machines will be converted for ventilator use.

Patients being treated for Coronavirus downstate will be sent to upstate hospitals. This will help minimize the amount of people in an area, and hopefully slow down the spread of the virus. This plan also includes expanding hospital capacity for central and upstate hospitals.

The economy has already lost somewhere between $10 billion and $15 billion dollars due to the pandemic.

A $2 trillion stimulus will be sent to individuals and their families, small businesses and unemployment insurance. But the governor’s office says this doesn;t adequately address the government loss. New York State has received $5 billion strictly for COVID-19 expenses.

As of Thursday there are 52,000 medical staff who have stepped up to volunteer to help treat COVID-19 patients. That’s 12,000 more than on Wednesday. There are also more than 8,600 mental health professionals volunteering to help.

There are 37,258 positive cases across New York State and 385 deaths. More updates on COVID-19 can be found daily on our stations WUTR and WFXV and online at

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