COVID-19 Daily Briefing in Oneida County: Thursday, May 21st, Early Edition


ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — In Wednesday’s daily briefing, Oneida County reported 22 new positive cases of Coronavirus, this brings the county’s total to 801. There are no new COVID-19 related fatalities, the total number of deaths is 35. Of those positive cases, 338 cases are active, 34 patients are hospitalized and 429 cases are resolved. 

The daily briefing with Picente and the Oneida County Health Department will be live at 3 p.m. on our stations WUTR and WFXV and streaming on our website 

On Wednesday New York state had 1,525 additional cases of Coronavirus. The statewide today is 354,370 across 42 counties. The state conducted an antibody testing survey at churches in lower income New York City communities and in communities of color. 8,000 people were tested and the results showed 27% were positive for antibodies, compared to 19.9% of the city’s overall population. The state is continuing to work with Ready Responders to expand testing from 8 to 40 public housing developments across New York City. 

As we continue to reopen more businesses it’s important to maintain social distancing, good hand hygiene, and wearing a mask or clothing covering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recent studies have shown that a significant portion of people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic, and even those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the infection to others before showing symptoms. The CDC recommends wearing a mask or simple cloth covering to slow the spread of the virus, while helping people who may have the virus but don’t know it, from transmitting it to others. 

New York state asked residents to help communicate why it’s so important to wear a mask in the fight against Coronavirus. Over the past 2 weeks more than 600 submissions were sent to the “Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest.” Five finalists were chosen and the public has until May 25th to vote for the best video. Winners will be announced on May 26th. You can vote here.

Governor Cuomo’s daily address is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. That will be live on our station WUTR and streaming on our website More COVID-19 updates will be in the Thursday evening daily briefing.

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