ONEIDA COUNTY- County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has confirmed the second positive case of COVID-19 in Oneida County. Like the first Oneida County resident to contract the virus-the person had traveled outside of the area. Unlike the first victim-they traveled domestically, not abroad. Both are recovering at home.
The county executive is not releasing details, including the individuals' genders, ages, or to where they'd traveled. He did say that it appears both individuals' contact with others was limited.
"The good news, it doesn't appear to be widespread because of the immediacy of their symptoms, the testing and quarantine," said Picente.
Oneida County's public health director says the medical community, locally, is facing a big challenge.
"Supplies for testing and care of patients is very limited," said County Public Health Director, Phyllis Ellis. "So what we don't want to have is all of those resources utilized for the worried well, that are not very sick, that don't really have any underlying conditions that could be staying home for 14 days and get better and never have to be tested."
Ellis said members of the local medical community are working on tightening up the criteria for testing.
"MVHS, Rome Hospital and Slocum Dickson Medical Group are working on tightening up criteria for providers so the have a real sense of just because you called and would like have a test, it's probably not the best idea."
Currently in Oneida County, 137 people are under mandatory quarantine, 81 people are under precautionary quarantine, and 130 have been tested.