Picente: First confirmed case of coronavirus in Oneida County

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente has confirmed one person in Oneida County has tested positive for coronavirus.

Posted: Mar 17, 2020 10:24 AM
Updated: Mar 18, 2020 6:09 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente has confirmed one person in Oneida County has tested positive for coronavirus.

Picente says the person recently traveled internationally and has been quarantined at home since March 13, after returning from abroad on March 12, at which time they were symptomatic. They have not required hospitalization. 

The county is not releasing the name, age, gender or location of the individual at this time, nor the country from which they had just returned. While in quarantine, they are working to help the county health department identify people with whom they've come into contact since arriving back in the county. 

The county executive says this is the beginning. 

"We're gonna have more cases," says Oneida County Executive, Anthony Picente, Jr.  "You're looking at the next three months being the most severe."

Still, Picente says he does not foresee any further restrictions to daily life in the near future. 

"I don't have any intent on my state of emergeny to do that at this time or have not received any other orders or direction from the state," says Picente.  "Unless something else changes in the guidelines, I don't see any of that in the immediate future."

At a 3pm briefing Tuesday, Picente said he's suspending all county early intervention and pre-school-related services effective Friday, March 20th, at 5pm. The county is restricting visitors, requiring a sign-in and only allowing those with emergency or essential needs to enter the county building. 

Realizing that many might feel helpless, overwhelmed and really want to help, the county has set up a volunteer website, at volunteer@ocgov.net.  Help is needed, with things like bringing food and medicine to seniors, and answering helpline phones.  

According to the New York Department of Health, there are 1374 positive coronavirus cases across the state. The highest concentration is in New York City, with 644 cases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are 3,487 cases in the country, and 68 reported deaths.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 448052

Reported Deaths: 33085
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