COVID-19 infection rates remain stable


As COVID-19 infection rates hold steady over the past few weeks, opportunities for vaccines continue to be created.

There were 20 COVID-19-related deaths in New York City on Monday and the seven-day statewide average positivity rate as of Tuesday was measured at 2.24%.

Looking locally, on Monday, there were 74 new positive cases of COVID-19 and one new death linked to the virus in Oneida County, according to county data. The positivity rate for the county was 3.4%.

There were 46 residents of Oneida County hospitalized (30 unvaccinated / 16 vaccinated) including 23 at the Mohawk Valley Health System, 13 in Rome Health and 10 outside the county.

The positivity rate for the Mohawk Valley was 4.67%

“As the CDC prepares to authorize vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11, we are well prepared for a smooth deployment here in New York State,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement. “We have worked hand in hand with pediatricians, doctors’ offices, pharmacies, schools and parents to make sure that protecting our children is as easy as possible and that we can finally overcome this pandemic. “

Kinney Drugs on Vaccines

Kinney Drugs, a New York and Vermont drugstore chain, issued a statement regarding pediatric COVID vaccines at its New York State pharmacies:

“On October 29, 2021, the FDA cleared the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11. Before the vaccine can be administered in pharmacies, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) must meet to deliberate and make recommendations on its use. This meeting takes place today Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Ultimately, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky will make the final decision. However, before the vaccine can be given to children in New York State, the NYS Department of Health must also provide official guidance on the program, “a statement read that continued,” In anticipation. From these decisions, Kinney Drugs is proactively working on protocols to ensure an immunization experience as safe, comfortable and convenient as possible for these young patients and their families. When Kinney Drugs protocols are complete and appointments open, Kinney Drugs will alert the public as quickly and clearly as possible. “

The company will also post information on and on social media.

MVHS booster vaccines

The Mohawk Valley Health System is now providing all three COVID-19 vaccine recalls to qualifying community members through its COVID-19 vaccine distribution site located at MVHS Burrstone House, 1710 Burrstone Road in New Hartford.

Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to noon, Monday to Saturday.

Booster injections are only given by appointment. Those looking for a reminder should register via the following links and bring their vaccination record with them to the appointment:

Moderna / Pfizer:

Johnson & Johnson:

For anyone unable to access the appointment system, dial 315-624-5048 and leave your name and phone number.

COVID-19 Information Links

• New York State’s COVID-19 data was collected in one location online at:

• In Oneida County, vaccine appointments and walk-in visits are available at sites managed by the county. To make an appointment, visit

• Scheduling an appointment for a vaccine can also be done at:

• COVID-19 case numbers and vaccination rates are available on the Oneida County online dashboard at:

• To view COVID-19 information for Madison County, visit:

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