Statewide lowest COVID-19 positivity rate since 9/11 at 0.85%
In an announcement on Thursday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate fell to 0.85%, the lowest since September 11.
In additional numbers, as of noon Thursday, 43 percent of all residents of the state had been fully immunized and work was continuing to get more people vaccinated.
“… If you look at where we are today, the numbers are really promising – our overall positivity rate is a fraction of what it is nationally and more than half of New Yorkers are now fully vaccinated. But COVID is still not over and what we do today determines what will happen tomorrow, so I encourage New Yorkers to continue to practice all necessary safety precautions and, most importantly, to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, ”Cuomo said in one part. of a declaration.
Oneida County updates its facility mask policy
In a local update Thursday, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. said all visitors to a county facility must continue to wear masks regardless of their immunization status.
“While news of the easing of mask restrictions for fully immunized residents is definitely welcome in most settings, we need to ensure that our county facilities remain safe and secure for those who depend on our services and come here to do business, ”Picente said statement. “Therefore, any visitor outside of one of our county facilities should continue to wear masks, regardless of their immunization status, until further notice.”
The terms of reference apply to members of the public seeking services and doing business, external suppliers and contractors, meeting attendees and members of the media, a release continues.
As part of ongoing local efforts to vaccinate the public, the county again noted that appointments and walk-in visits for Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are currently available in various managed vaccine PODs. by the county.
To make an appointment, visit www.ocgov.net.
• As of May 19, there were 23 new positive cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths in Oneida County.
There were 11 inpatients in Oneida County, eighth in Mohawk Valley health system facilities and three in Rome Health. There are six residents hospitalized outside the county.