COVID-19 Daily Briefing in Oneida County: Wednesday, May 20th, Evening Edition


ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — In Wednesday’s daily briefing, Oneida County reported 22 new positive cases of Coronavirus, this brings the county’s today to 801. There are no new COVID-19 related fatalities, the total number of deaths is 35. Of those positive cases, 338 cases are active, 34 patients are hospitalized and 429 are resolved. 

In Wednesday’s update, the Herkimer County Government Facebook page reported 1 new positive case of Coronavirus. The county’s total is 111. No patients are currently hospitalized, 3 people have passed away and 89 patients have recovered.

On Tuesday, the Otsego County Department of Health reported one additional COVID-19 related fatality. The current number of deaths is 5. The county has 62 positive cases of Coronavirus, no patients are hospitalized, and 57 patients have recovered. 

Yesterday New York state lost 112 lives to COVID-19, this number is slightly higher than the past couple of days. Governor Cuomo says that both nationally and in the state, lower-income neighborhoods and predominantly-minority neighborhoods are suffering from this pandemic the most. New York has partnered with faith-based communities and Northwell Health to test in low-income NYC areas. Cuomo says that bringing in more testing and resources to regions hit the hardest will help slow down the rate of infection. 

72 faith based sites with Northwell and SOMOS will also provide PPE, hand sanitizer, public health and education. Cuomo is directing all local governments to test in low-income communities and develop outreach programs. 

Beginning Thursday, religious gatherings of 10 people or less will be allowed to reconvene statewide but strict social distancing

measures must be enforced and all participants must wear masks. Drive-in parking lot services are also permitted come Thursday. The state will meet with Interfaith Advisory to discuss proposals to safely bring back religious services. 

More COVID-19 updates can be found on our stations WUTR and WFXV. The next daily briefing will be Thursday, May 21th.

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