COVID-19 Daily Briefing in Oneida County: Wednesday, April 1st, Afternoon


ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — During Wednesday’s daily briefing with Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente he said that there are 9 new positive cases of Coronavirus in Oneida County, the total is now at 55. 43 of those cases are active and 12 have fully recovered.

The number of positive cases has doubled every 2 days for the past 6 days in Oneida County and yesterday, March 31st, we saw our first fatality in the county from the virus.

Typically the state’s budget is in place by April 1st, but it’s still not complete. Picente says that the proposed budget is aiming to cut many healthcare services, during a time when New Yorkers need it most. No word yet on when the budget will be complete.

All campgrounds or camping colonies in Oneida County are closed from today April 1st until July 1st. This effort is being done to limit the places where people can congregate and hopefully slow the spread of COVID-19.

On Wednesday Mayor Robert Palmieri shared tips on staying safe against Coronavirus and local resources available for residents. To contact the Oneida County Health Department about COVID-19, please call 315-798-5431. The New York State Department of Health Coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065. If you have a medical emergency dial 911.

On Wednesday, Congressman Anthony Brindisi’s office released a statement saying that Utica will receive nearly $1.5 million in Emergency Solutions Grants. This comes after Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securities Act, also abbreviated as CARES.

The CARES Act offers economic relief for workers, businesses, healthcare organizations and support for state, local and county governments. The Emergency Solutions Grants will support families and individuals experiencing homelessness and homeless assistance programs to help solve the impact of the pandemic.

Constituents with questions about Coronavirus and the federal response can visit the website

Attorney General Letitia James is encouraging all New Yorkers to complete the census questionnaire so that the state can get an accurate count of the population. An accurate count will also ensure that New York gets its fair share of federal funding for things like public school, healthcare, road maintenance, and transportation.

April 1st is known as Census Day but in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the United States Census Bureau is extending the deadline until April 15th. More information on the Census can be found on their website

During Wednesday’s daily briefing with Governor Cuomo he said that the state now has 83,712 positive cases of COVID-19. 12,226 positive patients are hospitalized and 1,941 people have passed away from the virus. That’s almost a 200 increase in the amount of deaths just within the past 24 hours, and one of those deaths being in Oneida County.

Cuomo said the state still needs 110,000 beds and 37,000 ventilators. Right now there are 75,000 beds available and 25,000 ventilators. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is creating 500,000 COVID-19 tests and Corning Inc. has donated 100,000 tubes for testing.

Healthcare professionals are still unsure about when the apex will hit. Some models are predicting late April and others suggest early May.

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