Oneida County reported its highest number of positive test results in a single day on Wednesday, with hospitalizations also at a new record high.
There were 317 new positive cases reported, and a total of 181 people in the hospital, with 167 of them admitted between Mohawk Valley Health System and Rome Memorial Hospital. The other 14 are in hospitals outside of the county.
The Mohawk Valley region has had the highest positivity rate in the state for several days, with the rate sitting at 9.36% Wednesday.
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente is reminding people to avoid gatherings this weekend, to help stop the spread.
“These are concerning numbers that reinforce the need for everyone to remain diligent in following the health and safety guidelines we continue to stress each day. It should also serve as a reminder of how important it is to be smart this New Year’s Eve and Day and to avoid gathering with those outside of your household to prevent further spread of this deadly virus,” said Picente.
Nearly 12,000 people have tested positive in Oneida County since the start of the pandemic, and nearly 5,000 have recovered. There are currently 5,231 active cases.
There are more than 7,500 people in quarantine or isolation.
A total of 221 COVID-related deaths have been reported.
For a full list of Wednesday's updated statistics in Oneida and other counties, click here.