COVID-19 Daily Briefing in Oneida County: Wednesday, March 25th, Morning

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ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — In Tuesday’s daily briefing Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said that there are 2 new cases of COVID-19 in Oneida County, now bringing the total to 12. He also said that over 167 residents have tested negative for the. Of the people that tested positive, 2 people are hospitalized.

Picente said there is a mental health hotline that will be available to help those under stress. That number will be shared in this afternoon’s daily briefing at 3 p.m. You can stream that live online on our website cnyhomepage.com. He also said that a survey will be sent out to all businesses about the impact of Coronavirus.

On Tuesday Mayor Robert Palmieri renewed the Local emergency order for the City of Utica. All restrictions and previous orders are still in place. The new order states that the public can no longer use basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball  fields and playground equipment. The City of Utica Board Meetings are closed to the public, but they can be listened to on WebEx. For more information on the time and dates of those meetings visit the cityofutica.com.

The Herkimer County Health Department says there are now 7 positive cases of Coronavirus in the county. 29 tests have come back negative, 12 people are in mandatory quarantine, 124 people are in precautionary quarantine and one person in precautionary quarantine has been released.

In Tuesday’s daily briefing with MVHS they announced their surge plan to increase their hospital bed capacity by 50%. The plan was ordered by the New York State Department of health. MVHS says currently they have 375 beds available but they will increase that amount to 525, which will take the staff about 10 days to get up and running.

Rome Memorial Hospital issued a statement about a plan to identify resources inside and outside of their hospital to utilize the community’s needs. This could involve shifting staff members to different departments, depending on where help is needed most. They’ve contacted other healthcare facilities, like Griffiss Surgery Center, to help out with the potential increase in patients. Both hospitals are recruiting retired nurses and doctors.

Governor Cuomo’s daily briefing is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. this morning. Updates from that meeting can be found in this afternoon’s daily briefing right here on cnyhomepage.com

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