COVID-19 Daily Briefing in Oneida County: Tuesday, March 24th, Afternoon


ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — As of Monday, there are 3 new confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Oneida County, with the total now at 10. 2 of the 3 patients have been hospitalized.

In Utica, all basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball fields and playground equipment are closed. Also, the City of Utica Board Meetings are no longer open to the public, but they can be streamed on WebEx.

Herkimer County now has a hotline dedicated to answering questions and concerns about COVID-19. That number is 315-867-1351.

In Cooperstown, Bassett Healthcare Network is welcoming donations of fabric masks from the community to help protect against Coronavirus. There’s a severe shortage in available masks. So, if you’re able to donate fabric masks, materials or money, beginning Wednesday, March 25th, you can mail them to Bassett’s warehouse located at 26 Grove St in Cooperstown. Their facility has estimated a need for roughly 20,000 masks so they will benefit from all of the help they can get. Instructions on how to create each mask can be found here.

In Governor Cuomo’s daily briefing he said the number of cases of COVID-19 doubles every 3 days. There’s a need for 140,000 beds and 40,000 Intensive Care Units. As of Tuesday, New York State has 25,665 cases.

Governor Cuomo said that the apex could be within the next 14-21 days so he’s urging hospitals to make their hospital beds available as soon as possible. Healthcare facilities should prepare to split their ventilators so that 2 people can use one machine at the same time.

New drug testing for treatment includes Hydroxychloroquine and Zithromax, a plasma injection and an antibody test. No word yet on whether or not this has been administered to any patients.

We will have an update from the Tuesday briefing with Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente on our stations WUTR and WFXV and on our website

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