Oneida County Executive speaks about 2nd confirmed coronavirus case in county


ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — On Wednesday morning, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente confirmed that a second person has tested positive for coronavirus in the county.

On Wednesday afternoon, Picente has another press conference regarding coronavirus.

According to Picente, the second person who tested positive was a domestic traveler and did not leave the country.

This person was tested immediately and put into quarantine. Picente could not say specifically where this person had traveled.

Here are some of the numbers that were given during the press conference:

  • 137 people in mandatory quarantine
  • 81 people in precautionary quarantine
  • 130 tested
  • 2 positive as of Wednesday afternoon

Picente said during the press conference that new guidelines are being looked at to help fight the virus.

He also said that county facilities will cut staffing by half starting on Thursday and only essential employees will be working.

Picente was asked if he believed there would be a shelter-in-place, but he said that would be “pretty drastic” at this time.

“Unless something else changes, we aren’t seeing that,” Picente said.

The Oneida County Health Commissioner, Phyllis Ellis, said that there is no way to tell when this will end.

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