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UTICA- Oneida County’s total number of coronavirus cases increased to 15 Wednesday, according to authorities.

Officials confirmed two of these new cases were correlated with domestic travel, while the third is being treated at a location outside from the county.

County Executive Anthony Picente expects these numbers to increase for now. With more and more requests from the public on information for who is being infected and where, Picente stood by the county’s decision not to provide any of those details.

“Our decision was based on handling this to the very best that we could without causing unnecessary anxiety and panic…I think that’s worked very well,” he said during a press briefing. “I know that information does get out through various sources, or families, that expose or disclose what they’ve gone through and that’s fine. But we’re going to stick to what we’ve done from the very beginning.”

As of Wednesday, the Governor’s Office confirmed a total of more than 30,000 cases statewide.

Lewis County still holds steady with no confirmed cases of COVID-19. Public health officials said 50 have been tested, with 23 coming back negative and 27 still pending. 35 remain under pre-cautionary quarantine. 

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