Oneida County cases shot up 65% Thursday with 144 new positive tests reported, the highest number of confirmed cases in a single day since January.
That brings total active COVID-19 cases in the county to 846, with a total of 1,479 in isolation or quarantine.
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says the number of positive cases could be higher, with more people using at-home test kits that can be purchased in stores.
Picente is asking residents who test positive using a home kit to report it to the county so officials can more accurately report the number of local cases and do the proper contact tracing.
“COVID-19 home test kits are now readily available, convenient and affordable, and with school being back in session, more and more county residents are utilizing them,” Picente said. “While we are glad that people are taking action to ensure the health and safety of our community, it is resulting in many positive test results going unreported. It is imperative that our Health Department know of all positive cases so that the proper isolation and quarantine measures can be put in place through contact tracing.”
The county can also provide the proper paperwork for school or work after someone tests positive at home and needs to quarantine.
Picente asks anyone who tests positive with an at-home kit to call 315-798-5431 right away to report it.