COVID-19 Daily Briefing in Oneida County: Wednesday, May 14th, Evening Edition

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ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — In Thursday’s daily briefing with Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente he began with some sad news. 4 more patients have passed away from COVID-19, the total number of deaths is now 27. There are 19 new cases with the county’s total at 699. Of those positive cases, 310 cases are active, 28 patients are hospitalized and 362 are resolved. 

In Thursday’s update, the Herkimer County Government Facebook page reported 1 new positive case of Coronavirus. The county’s total is 103. No patients are currently hospitalized, 3 people have passed away and 77 patients have recovered.

The Otsego County Department of Health released a statement on Wednesday with the county’s updated COVID-19 numbers. They confirmed 62 positive cases, 1 patient is hospitalized, 4 patients have passed away and 57 patients have recovered and are no longer in isolation. 

It has been 75 days since New York saw its first positive case of Coronavirus. The number of hospitalizations, intubations and new cases continue to decline each day. On May 13th the state lost 157 lives to COVID-19 related deaths. 

In Thursday’s daily address Governor Cuomo said that as local governments prepare to reopen with Phase I tomorrow, it’s their responsibility to monitor the effects in their area. They must ensure that businesses and individuals are complying with the state’s guidelines. Phased reopening does not mean we’re over this pandemic. Cuomo says we must remain vigilant, and if local leaders notice an increase in COVID-19 numbers, then they must immediately react to cut down on the spread of infection.

The governor also brought up corporate bailouts saying that we can’t make the same mistake we made in 2008 during the recession. Businesses used the money to pay themselves, with some giving raises to the people still employed. Cuomo says that this money should go towards rehiring everyone that was laid off.

Our knowledge about this virus is forever changing. The state Department of Health is investigating 110 cases of Pediatric Multi-Symptom Inflammatory Syndrome Associated with COVID-19. Right now healthcare professionals are comparing it to Kawasaki disease and a toxic shock-like syndrome. It’s affected children younger than one year old, up to 21 years of age. Healthcare providers are being asked to prioritize children who may be infected with this illness. For more information and symptoms, please visit the website health.ny.gov.

More COVID-19 updates can be found on our stations WUTR and WFXV. The next daily briefing will be Friday May 15th. 

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