As spring 2020 gets underway, the community of the Mohawk Valley, the state, the nation and the world continue to wrestle with the Coronavirus. Results of the effort to curtail the spread the virus showed some success. As of Saturday night, no new tests were returned positive in Oneida, Herkimer and Otsego counties. And, while the numbers in the state have grown, one of the early epicenters of the outbreak has shown signs of slowing down.
In Oneida County, 453 people have been tested and are in mandatory quarantine. 75 people have had negative results. There are 93 people in precautionary quarantine. 88 people have been released from quarantine. Madison County has recorded its first positive result. Two new cases have been reported in Delaware County.
In the state, there are 10,377 confirmed cases. Just over 1,600 have been hospitalized, 15% of the positives. In Westchester County, which in the early days of the outbreak had the highest number of positive tests, less than 300 new cases. That is seen as a good sign, that the efforts to contain the virus may be have its effect.
Several other notes statewide, the DMV will close all state and county run offices until further notice. All drivers licenses, non-driver IDs and registrations that expire during the closure will be extended. Scheduled road tests are suspended.
The New York State Thruway has invoked emergency toll procedures. Non-E-Z Pass customers will not get a Thruway toll ticket, but will be asked to give license plate information when exiting the Thruway. A bill will then be mailed. The Thruway is open.