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


ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — As of Wednesday, there are 3 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Oneida County, the total is now 15. Of the people that tested positive, two are still being treated in a hospital. So far, 198 residents have tested negative for the virus. In Wednesday’s daily briefing with Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente and the Oneida County Health Department, we were told that some individuals who tested positive last week are already beginning to recover. 

The Director of Oneida County Health Department Phyllis Ellis said that most people are feeling better within a few days of getting sick. She also said that some people were symptomatic before even getting tested. By the time some people were tested and received their results, they were already improving. Ellis says if you haven’t been tested, or if you’re sick, then stay home and self-quarantine. Isolate yourself from your family members for 14 days to limit the risk of exposure. So far, 411 residents have been tested for COVID-19 in Oneida County.

The daily briefing is scheduled to happen Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. That will be streaming live on our website 

In Utica, The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees is using multilingual tools to help people who may not be fluent in English, understand important information about Coronavirus. On their website, you can pick your preferred language and find written information, audio or visuals of COVID-19 updates.

The Center is also on Soundcloud, which is a media platform that allows users to share music and audio. If you go on Soundcloud you can type in The Center and find several audio clips in various languages about COVID-19, all free of charge. They’ve made it quick and easy for everyone to stay informed, regardless of what language you speak.

On Wednesday Governor Cuomo said that there’s already been 40,000 healthcare workers, including retirees and students, that have signed up to volunteer to work as part of the state’s surge healthcare force in the fight against Coronavirus. In New York City law enforcement will begin pilot closing streets to vehicles and opening them to pedestrians. This is part of the city’s plan to enforce strict social distancing.

The state has provided an Emotional Support Hotline for mental health counseling during the COVID-19 crisis. The number for that is 1-844-863-9314. Updated information from the governor will be in this Thursday afternoon’s daily briefing here on our website

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