Though there has been a dramatic improvement in the COVID-19 numbers in Oneida County, we are still losing residents to the virus.

On Thursday, Oneida County officials announced one more COVID-19 death and 32 new positive cases. Since the Pandemic began we have seen a total of 397 deaths. The number of active positive cases continues to go down with a current total of 570.

Officials also updated the public on the number of county residents hospitalized with the Coronavirus. There are currently 31 county residents hospitalized in Oneida County with 28 at Mohawk Valley Health System and 3 at Rome Health. 4 of those patients receiving hospital level care are nursing home residents. 3 additional county residents are receiving treatment for their symptoms in an out-of-county hospital.

With the ongoing effort to continue vaccinating people well underway, hopefully that means the numbers will continue to fall. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente announced Wednesday that there would be a large influx of vaccine supply and several location around the county would be serving as vaccination sites.

Health officials, as always, continue to stress the importance of good hand hygiene, social distancing and the use of face coverings.

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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