COVID-19 Daily Briefing: Wednesday, March 18th, Morning


(WUTR-TV) — As of Tuesday afternoon, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said that Oneida County had 72 people in mandatory quarantine. This morning the county released a statement about a second positive case of Coronavirus in Oneida County. Now bringing the total to 2. There is one case in Herkimer County and one in Delaware County.

There are 2 drive through testing locations open in Oneida County, with plans to open more. There are five mobile testing sites spread between Herkimer and Otsego counties. There are five mobile testing sites spread between Herkimer and Otsego counties.

More news from across the nation: On Wednesday morning a 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit Utah, leaving about 32,000 Salt Lake City residents without power. The quake could be felt in parts of Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada.

Wednesday morning President Trump announced that the U.S. Canada border is temporarily closed to all nonessential traffic. He tweeted that the decision was mutual between the countries and that trade will not be affected.

Also this Wednesday morning, Governor Cuomo released a statement on his website that said, “All local governments must reduce their workforce by at least 50%. Non-essential state workers are working from home,” and “New York State is waiving all park fees in state, local and county parks.” He also said that testing for Coronavirus “is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.” The link to the full statement can be found here.

In Otsego County, their health department has created a Coronavirus information page on the Otsego County website at

In Oneonta New York State’s Energy and Gas said they will temporaily suspend service shut-offs due to non-payments and they will not be conducting inside meters readings. You can make payments at mobile sites like Walmart or online at

The next briefing will be posted this afternoon between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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