Picente releases recommendations to curb COVID spread

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente has released recommendations following the recent surge in coronavirus cases across the region.

Posted: Dec 7, 2020 5:11 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2020 7:22 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente has released recommendations following the recent surge in coronavirus cases across the region.

Earlier Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that if hospitalizations continue to rise, restrictions may be reinstated, including capacity caps on indoor dining.

To curb the spread and avoid shutting down again, Picente recommends the following:

  • Keep kids in kindergarten through 8th grade in hybrid learning models at all times.
  • Schools should cancel all extracurricular activities, including sports, especially if the district or school has switched to fully remote learning.
  • All in-person public meetings should stop and go completely virtual, including city councils, school boards, planning boards and town meetings.
  • Oneida County will begin releasing the names of businesses, organizations and residents who violate health department guidelines.
  • Employers are encouraged to let people work remotely when possible, and ensure work spaces allow for social distancing. Enforcing mask-wearing in the workplace is also advised.

Picente said the county is also in the process of creating a vaccine work group, to focus on educating the public and developing a strategy for distribution throughout the community.

Oneida County director of public health, Phyllis Ellis, also recommends employers encourage workers to get tested every two weeks, especially with free testing available at Griffiss Airport in Rome. This guidance applies to all employees, whether they are showing symptoms or not.

Both Picente and Ellis also continue to encourage people to wear masks and social distance in public, and to stay home if experiencing any COVID symptoms.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1962225

Reported Deaths: 51204
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