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


ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — As mentioned in the Wednesday morning daily briefing, on Tuesday Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said that there are 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Oneida County. The total now is 12. 2 of those patients have been hospitalized. During the daily briefing at 3 p.m. Picente will share a mental health hotline number available to help those under stress. That will be streaming live on our website

In Herkimer County there are 7 confirmed cases. There is now a second positive case in Otsego County. The person has been hospitalized and those who were in direct contact with the individual were notified and are quarantined.

In Governor Cuomo’s daily briefing he said that approximately 15% of people infected with the virus require hospital care. As of Tuesday the hospitalizations doubled every 4.7 days. They’re predicting the AY-PAX of need could be within the next 21 days. They’re still pushing for hospitals to increase their bed capacity by at least 50%, with a need for 140,000 beds. There are currently 4,000 venaliators but they’re pushing to have 30,000. So far, 7,000 were purchased.

There have been 40,000 responses to the healthcare surge. This includes physicians, nurse practitioners, respiratory specialists, RN’s, LPN’s and other medical professionals. Over 6000 mental health professionals have signed up to be available for people to call the COVID-19 emotional support hotline. The number for that is 1-844-863-9314.

Governor Cuomo spoke to President Trump and White House officials about working to find vendors using the Defense Protection Act, to maximize production.

Since Monday, March 23rd there have been 5,146 new cases of COVID-19 in New York State. The total now is 30,811. The State accounts for 28% of all Coronavirus testing in the country. That’s a three percent increase since Monday. 

On Wednesday the White House and Senate leaders decided ona $2 trillion package to provide a stimulus to the economy during the Coronavirus Pandemic. If this legislation passes through Congress, then it would be the largest emergency aid package in U.S. history and the most the greatest legislative action taken for the COVID-19 crisis.

The full details about this package hasn’t been released yet but we do know that $250 billion will go to direct deposit for individuals and families, $350 billion will go to small business loans, $250 billion will supply unemployment insurance benefits and the last $500 billion will be loans for distressed companies.

Be sure to check our website for the latest updates on Coronavirus in the community.

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