COVID-19 Daily Briefing in Oneida County

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ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — During the Thursday daily briefing with Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente he announced 13 new positive cases of Coronavirus, bringing the county’s total to 68. Of the people who have tested positive, 13 people are hospitalized in Oneida County and one person is being treated at a facility outside of the county.

56 of those positives are still active cases and 12 have recovered. A week ago there were only 15 positive cases for the entire county and Picente says we can expect those numbers to continue to rise as we approach the apex.

As of Wednesday April 1st, the Herkimer County Government reported 20 positive cases of COVID-19 and 3 deaths. As of Tuesday March 31st, the Otsego County Department of Health said that they have 16 positive cases of COVID-19 ranging in adults aged 20 to 75 years of age. One person has passed away and one person has recovered. 

During Thursday’s briefing with Governor Cuomo, he said that there are now cases in every county in New York State. Statewide there are 92,381 positive cases of COVID-19, with nearly 9,000 new cases just in the past 24 hours. The number of deaths have increased to approximately 2,373.

Cuomo said that depending on how residents continue to social distance, healthcare professionals are now predicting the apex could be anywhere from 7 days to 30 days away. Temporary hospitals have been set up at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and at the OMH South Beach facility. 

New York hospitals are still in need of supplies including PPE, gowns, gloves and ventilators. The state has given 400 ventilators to New York City Hospitals and 200 to Long Island and Westchester facilities. To help donate supplies you can either call 212-803-3100 or email covid19supplies@esd.ny.gov

The department of health has approved the new Northwell protocol that allows BiPAP machines, which are non-invasive ventilators, to be converted into ventilators during this crisis. They will be distributed to various facilities in need across the state. 

Cuomo said in an effort to protect access to healthcare for New Yorkers, they are extending open enrollment for healthcare exchange another 30 days, so that will go through May 15th. 

21,000 medical professionals from different states have volunteered to come in and help treat New Yorkers with COVID-19. Patients from downstate are continuing to be transported upstate for treatment and medical professionals from upstate are going downstate to help out with the bulk of positive cases.  

All of the latest updates on COVID-19 can be found right here on our website cnyhomepage.com

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