ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — In Monday’s daily briefing with Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, he confirmed that there are 3 additional cases of COVID-19 in Oneida County, now bringing the total to 10.
Picente said that 2 of the 3 new cases have been hospitalized. One patient, who’s been living outside of the county, is hospitalized at a facility in another county. The other person tested positive while already hospitalized for another health concern. The third person is quarantined in their home.
Picente is urging anyone with questions and concerns about symptoms for COVID-19 to not call 9-1-1. Call the Oneida County Health Department’s Hotline at 315-798-5431.
On Monday MVHS said that they are increasing their bed capacity by 50%, as instructed by Governor Cuomo. Right now the maximum amount of patients they can handle is 375 but they are raising that amount to 525. They said it will take about 10 days to get the beds ready.
MVHS’ drive-through Coronavirus testing site on Burrstone Road closed on Monday. This was done to conserve their supplies and resources. The drive-through testing location at Rome Memorial Hospital will also be closed. Both facilities are trying to retain their limited supplies for those who are high risk.
MVHS and Rome Memorial are also trying to recruit retired nurses and doctors to help out with the possible surge in patient volumes. You can contact them at 315-624-5607. You can contact Rome Memorial Hospital at 315-338-7140.
Sheriff Robert Maciol said that several local businesses are dedicating an hour each day that are strictly for seniors to shop. This will be for people 60 years of age and older to ensure that they can get essential items.
A list of participating stores and their hours:
If your business is not listed and you would like to include a senior shopping hour, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor Cuomo is holding his daily briefing on COVID-19. We’ll have more information on that meeting in this afternoon’s briefing.