Oneida County Executive, Anthony Picente, Jr., during a 3pm Sunday briefing, said there are still no positive coronavirus cases in Oneida County. He urged people not to listen to rumors, saying that any official word of a positive test in the county will come from his office or the governor's office, and that he would immediately share with the public, news of any positive test results. He says the county had more negative test results overnight, and is currently awaiting results on about 15 people.
Picente said county government is working on ways to address the daycare needs of parents affected by his announcement on Friday that the county's public schools would be closed until April 14th. He said the daycare needs of healthcare workers must be addressed first, saying that they are everyone's first line of defense against the virus itself.
The county is also assisting local districts in providing food for underprivileged children. Many schools in the area have set up or are setting up food plans for students. The county asked you to contact your school for more information on that.
Picente, during his address, directed all senior centers in the county to close until April 14th, adding that frozen meals would be delivered to seniors in need once a week. The county executive has also made a request, through NYS Homeland Security, to cancel Wednesday's village elections and says if there is no action, he might take action regarding the elections.
Picente says the DMV will be closed for a week, and the situation re-evaluated on a weekly basis.
Picente says a call center will be set up on Monday, with different numbers to call for different questions and concerns. Picente and Congressman, Anthony Brindisi, will give an additional update on the coronavirus Monday at 9:45 a.m., during which Brindisi says they will make a major announcement.
The latest numbers in New York State show that 729 people now have the coronavirus. Three people have now died from the virus, the latest, a 79-year-old woman with multiple, major, underlying health issues, who died Sunday, in a New York City hospital.