UTICA, N.Y. – There have been 22 people tested for coronavirus in New York state, but none of them were in Oneida County, according to the health department.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says 16 of the tests have come back negative, and others are pending results.
Although there aren’t any confirmed cases at this time, Phyllis Ellis, director of public health, says people still need to be cautious if they think they’re experiencing symptoms.
"The risk for those here in our community unless you've been to china are very, very low. If you happen to travel to China, and it might have been a while ago. If you do become symptomatic you should contact your healthcare provider and not just show up in their waiting room. Let them know that you have upper respiratory symptoms, and that you have a fever and that you have been in China," she said.
Health officials say the flu seems to be the predominant cause of illness in the area this time of year, with more than 1,300 cases reported since October.