COVID-19 infection rates stabilize

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COVID-19 infection rates have apparently stabilized this week after an increase from two months ago, as authorities continue to work to vaccinate as many residents as possible.

“Our goal remains to keep the kids in school, get people back to work and reopen New York safely,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a Tuesday statement, “We all know the best way to to guarantee our continued progress is to get more shots.. If you are still not vaccinated you are much more vulnerable. I urge anyone who still needs their shot to get it ASAP because we cannot afford to take risks with all the progress we have made.

There were 3,877 new cases of the virus as well as 38 virus-related deaths across the state on Monday.

In Oneida County, there were 98 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday and no new deaths, according to a statement.

The positivity rate for the county was 4.2%.

There were 60 hospitalized residents of Oneida County (48 unvaccinated / 12 vaccinated) including 38 at the Mohawk Valley Health System, 10 in Rome Health and 12 outside the county.

The positivity rate for the Mohawk Valley was 5.02%.

Excelsior collar

Governor Kathy Hochul said on Tuesday that the New York State Excelsior Pass Scanner app was updated to allow validation of SMART health cards from trusted issuers outside of New York State. based on federal and state COVID-19 guidelines.

The app’s new validation system “supports standards and acceptance of COVID-19 vaccination credentials between issuers nationwide, helping more people return safely to work. , at school, at leisure and when traveling. As part of the state’s commitment to fairness and access, the app can be downloaded for free by any business or location in the United States, ”a statement said.

Vaccine mandates

The state has announced plans to expand the mandate of immunizing health care workers to include employees who work in certain facilities providing health care to people served by the Office of Mental Health and the Office of Persons with Disabilities. intellectual disability, according to a press release.

“Under the new directive, staff who work in facilities that treat some of New Yorkers’ most vulnerable will be required to show proof of at least the first injection of a series of COVID-19 vaccines by now. November 1, without a test option. Before this requirement, the staff of these parameters will have to undergo weekly tests, if not vaccinated, from October 12, ”notes a publication.

The previous vaccine requirement that went into effect on September 27 only applied to covered staff in facilities regulated by the Department of Health, including all hospitals and nursing homes.

On October 7, the vaccine requirement will go into effect for covered staff in other facilities regulated by the Department of Health, including adult care facilities, home health agencies, home care programs long-term, home care programs for AIDS, palliative care and diagnostics. and treatment centers.

COVID-19 Information Links

• In Oneida County, vaccine appointments and walk-in visits are available at sites managed by the county. To make an appointment, visit www.ocgov.net.

• Scheduling an appointment for a vaccine can also be done at: vaccines.gov.

• COVID-19 case numbers and vaccination rates are available on the Oneida County online dashboard at: https://bit.ly/3A85tLp

• To view COVID-19 information for Madison County, visit: https://on.ny.gov/3je8vr0

• The New York State Department of Health offers statewide information on COVID-19 at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov

• To view a state-compiled COVID-19 Breakthrough Data Report, which displays COVID-19 breakthrough cases, hospitalizations, and in-depth data over time, visit: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny .gov / covid-19-breakthrough- data report

• To view state data collection on COVID-19 variants, visit: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/covid-19-variant-data

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