ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — On Tuesday, Oneida County reported 12 new positive cases of Coronavirus, this brings the total to 1,045. Only 2 of these new cases are nursing home residents. Fortunately, there are no new COVID-19 related fatalities, the total number of deaths is 49. 398 cases are active, 50 patients are hospitalized and 598 cases are resolved.
The Mohawk Valley Health System and Masonic Medical Research Institute have partnered to decrease the amount of time for COVID-19 lab results. Today they’re meeting to discuss how they’re working to expedite the process. We’ll have that full story this evening on our stations WUTR and WFXV.
Beginning Friday June 5th, Carnival Eats Utica Friday will be available for business, but with some changes to their operation. All of your deep fried carnival favorites can be ordered and delivered safely to your car. This is scheduled for June 5th through the 7th June 12th through the 14th from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. It’s located at The Elks Lodge at 1315 Champlin Ave in Utica.
In a CNN report on Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus task force, said the U.S. should have 100 million doses of a candidate COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2020. The vaccine candidate was created by biotech company Monderna in partnership with NIAID, and the last stages of trials in volunteers should be done by mid-summer.
This final stage, commonly called Phase III in the medical field, should begin sometime during the first week of July and will have around 30,000 participants. The vaccine will be administered to people from ages 18 to 55 and to some elderly people with underlying health conditions. If successful, scientists should have enough data by November or December, to determine whether or not the vaccine has worked. Facui explained that it’s still too premature to say if this vaccine will be the end all be all, or if it will require new developments each year, similar to the flu shot.
Information from the governor’s daily address and COVID-19 updates for Oneida, Herkimer and Otsego counties will be in the Wednesday evening daily briefing.