UTICA, NY - As Oneida County health officials remain vigilant, watching for a possible encore from the dance competition in Syracuse that spawned a Covid cluster, the owners of the unnamed local dance studio whose symptomatic young members took part are now moving toward compliance.
"...Plan wasn't submitted, it needs to be, it has been now. Looking at that to see what has to be addressed. The place in question is closed because the instructors or owners are also positive, so there's that impact as well," says Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr.
It's likely the cluster will grow, as hundreds in quarantine watch themselves for symptoms.
"You're talking hundreds because of that incident. The dance competition is one thing, then they move into schools and then the contacts just expand, and then the contacts beyond the school expand, and the household and the families, what other gatherings took place, so you continue to multiply the numbers," says Picente.
The cluster initally infected 20 people and placed 300 in the Whitesboro School District under quarantine. The school switched to district-wide remote learning this past Tuesday to allow for contact tracing.
Utica's Jones Elementary School switched to remote learning for the remainder of the month after learning of three positive cases and 39 in quarantine.
Our Lady of the Rosary Church, in New Hartford, has postponed Monday's First Communion to Saturday, out of an abundance of caution for the situation at Jones School in nearby south Utica.
Utica School Superintendent Bruce Karam expects new test results and possibly updated case and quarantine numbers on Monday.