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

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ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — On Thursday ‌17 ‌new‌ ‌positive‌ ‌cases‌ ‌of‌ ‌Coronavirus were reported in Oneida County,‌ ‌this‌ ‌brings‌ ‌the‌ ‌total ‌to‌ ‌819.‌ There are two new COVID-19 related fatalities, the total number of deaths is 37. 340 cases are active, 34 patients are hospitalized and 442 cases are resolved. 

In‌ ‌Thursday’s‌ ‌update,‌ ‌the‌ ‌Herkimer‌ ‌County‌ ‌Government‌ ‌Facebook‌ ‌page‌ ‌reported‌ ‌3 ‌new‌ ‌positive‌ ‌case‌s ‌of‌ ‌Coronavirus.‌ ‌The‌ ‌county’s‌ ‌total‌ ‌is‌ ‌114.‌ ‌2 ‌patients‌ ‌are‌ ‌hospitalized,‌ ‌3‌ ‌people‌ ‌have‌ ‌passed‌ ‌away‌ ‌and‌ ‌89 ‌patients‌ ‌have‌ ‌recovered.‌ ‌

The‌ ‌Otsego‌ ‌County‌ ‌Department‌ ‌of‌ ‌Health‌ ‌has not reported any new COVID-19 updates for Thursday, May 21st.

In a statement from the City of Utica, Mayor Robert Palmieri said that several changes have been made to the budget, due to the impact of COVID-19. The City says they have and will continue to do everything to avoid forced layoffs but also recognizes that we are not immune to this economic crisis. This includes:

  • A reduction of spending in daily operations
  • A 75% decrease in the capital purchases of what was originally budgeted (prior to the Coronavirus outbreak)
  • Possibly deferring payments of certain 2020 payroll taxes until 2021 or 2022, un the federal CARES Act
  • A hiring freeze for all vacant positions
  • Temporary elimination of over 80% of part-time employees
  • A reduction of non-essential overtime
  • Reduction in salary of several part-time employees
  • Voluntary furlough for certain full-time positions
  • Issuance of an earlier retirement incentive for CSEA members and non-union employees.

The City says they have and will continue to do everything to avoid forced layoffs but also recognizes that we are not immune to this economic crisis. 

During today’s daily address with Governor Cuomo he explained how increased activity will cause an increase in new cases if precautions are not taken. He says we must all be responsible, safe and healthy. For employees who believe that their employers are not using the correct PPE, and practicing good hygiene and social distancing guidelines can call the New York Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

Schools have high density and transportation issues are at a greater risk of spreading the virus, unless protective measures are enforced. To reduce the infection rate, summer school will operate through distance learning. Meal programs and child care services for essentials employees will continue. 

Right now, Cuomo says it’s still too early to make decisions about the fall semester. The state will issue guidelines in June so that schools and colleges can begin to make plans for the upcoming year. These plans will be submitted to the state for approval in July.  

More COVID-19 updates can be found on our stations WUTR and WFXV. The next daily briefing will be Friday, May 22nd. 

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