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Picente: Details on coronavirus cases will not be released as county total rises to 15

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says three more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Oneida County, bringing the total to 15.

Posted: Mar 25, 2020 4:16 PM
Updated: Mar 25, 2020 5:14 PM

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said Wednesday three more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Oneida County, bringing the total to 15.

Two of the new cases were related to domestic travel, and the third person is being treated at a facility outside of Oneida County.

Anyone who was in close contact with these people has been notified and ordered to self-isolate.

Oneida County’s director of public health, Phyllis Ellis, said contacts are considered anyone in the household and any traveling companions.

People who have interacted closely with the contacts, or "contacts of contacts" of the infected people, should also monitor for symptoms and practice good hygiene, but are not required to quarantine, according to Ellis.

Ellis said Oneida County has not yet seen its highest number of cases after Gov. Andrew Cuomo projected the peak across the state would come in less than a month.

“The more cases you have the more apt you are to just continue that spread. And where that peak and flattening of the curve is going to happen – we probably haven’t seen it yet in our community,” said Ellis.

With the numbers projected to continue increasing regularly, community members continue to seek more specifics on the people who have tested positive. Picente stands by the county’s decision not to release details on the locations, ages or genders of the infected people.

“Our decision was based on handling this to the very best that we could without causing unnecessary anxiety and panic…I think that’s worked very well,” said Picente. “I know that information does get out through various sources, or families, that expose or disclose what they’ve gone through – and that’s fine. But we’re going to stick to what we’ve done from the very beginning.”

Picente said he is aware that other counties have been reporting various locations, but confirmed he does not plan to change course on how he's been reporting cases.

“We choose not to do that because we’re going to see more cases. I don’t see what benefit it does to a community to identify pockets, wherever they are. We’re going to see cases throughout this county – it’s a big county,” he added.

Earlier Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there are more than 30,000 cases in the entire state.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 416298

Reported Deaths: 32710
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Nassau433222194
Westchester359981446
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Orange11093489
Erie8572669
Monroe4768277
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Albany2521126
Oneida2087112
Ulster202891
Sullivan148348
Niagara144698
Putnam142863
Broome105464
Schenectady103537
Rensselaer73630
Saratoga73217
Columbia52237
Madison40017
Ontario34934
Warren30033
Orleans29554
Steuben29242
Greene28918
Fulton28324
Genesee2725
St. Lawrence2624
Washington25514
Oswego2463
Wayne2463
Herkimer2414
Chautauqua2329
Tompkins2300
Chenango2116
Tioga18925
Livingston1678
Chemung1633
Cattaraugus1596
Montgomery1574
Cayuga1482
Jefferson1340
Clinton1274
Otsego1125
Wyoming1125
Delaware1034
Cortland920
Seneca863
Allegany741
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Essex550
Yates557
Franklin500
Lewis350
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Hamilton70
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