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


ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — During Tuesday’s daily briefing with Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente and the Oneida County Health Department, there were 8 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Oneida County, which brings the total to 46. Picente also said that one person has passed away from the virus. This is the county’s first fatality from Coronavirus. No additional details about the patient was shared.

Of the people who have tested positive, 8 are hospitalized in Oneida County and 2 are hospitalized outside of the county. Picente stressed the importance of social distancing, not only for individuals but also for local businesses. He announced that certain projects like the MVHS downtown hospital and Cree, will continue but the state deemed the Nexus project as “non-essential”. Picente said they are putting a waiver in to have it continue due to safety concerns.

The daily briefing with Picente and the Oneida County Health Department is scheduled for 3 p.m. this Wednesday afternoon. You can stream that live right here on our website or on our stations WUTR and WFXV.

As of Wednesday April 1st the Mohawk Valley Health System has opened respiratory triage tents outside of the Emergency Departments at their two hospital campuses, St. Elizabeth’s and St. Luke’s. The triage tents are for people with respiratory symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath and congestion. The tents are designed to help identify which patients have symptoms of Coronavirus before they enter a facility, and hopefully, minimize their exposure to other patients and staff.

These tents are not for COVID-19 testing and they’re considered as ED visit. For more information about the triage tents, please visit their website

On Wednesday Mayor Jacqueline Izzo renewed the Local Emergency Order for the City of Rome. All restrictions from the previous order still apply, and there are no new restrictions in the renewal.

As of March 27th, The Village of Herkimer has declared a State of Emergency due to the Novel Coronavirus. Mayor Mark Netti had advised all departments in the village to take whatever steps necessary to protect their residents, public infrastructure, property and provide any emergency assistance that’s needed.

In Tuesday’s daily briefing with Governor Andrew Cuomo he said that his brother, Chris Cuomo, has tested positive for COVID-19. We will be streaming his daily briefing today at 12:15 p.m. on our website 

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