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Lewis County added another 38 new positives Wednesday, according to public health officials in Lowville.

Out of 250 known active cases, authorities say there are 19 people who remain hospitalized with COVID-19 complications.

Since testing began in March, the county has tallied up 1,138 total positive results and 15 virus-related deaths.

In terms of vaccine roll-out, Lewis County Manager Ryan Piche is encouraging everyone to remain patient with the distribution process.

"I think that's the most important thing," he told us.

"This is going to be a large, heavy lift by a levels of Government, including federal, state and local. It's going to take some time."

However, Piche says that because Lewis County has a smaller population compared to other nearby regions, his hope is for vaccine distribution to everyone eligible in 1A and 1B to move-along quicker than what authorities currently anticipate.

The Governor has predicted it will most likely take up to 14-weeks to provide opportunity for everyone to everyone in the first phase to become inoculated.

On Tuesday, the Governor mirrored the latest CDC recommendations by now including all New Yorkers 65 and older for vaccine eligibility.

This sounds like good news and it is, but the Governor has been concerned over what he has referred to as a lack of federal supply of weekly doses. With this latest CDC guidance, Cuomo now fears for an imminent back-log of appointments and even further confusion if the federal government does not significantly increase the weekly amount of shots.

"We receive three-hundred-thousand dosages per-week. That has not changed," Cuomo emphasized as he revealed the number of eligible New Yorkers has now jumped up to nearly 7-million.

"With three-hundred-thousand per-week, how do you effectively serve seven-million-people, all of whom are now eligible and without any priority?"

The Governor said he hopes for an increase of doses with the new incoming administration.

Be sure to listen to our latest on-air interview with the Governor and Lewis County Manager, Ryan Piche:

               

View the latest Lewis County COVID-19 map here. See the latest COVID-19 stats from Lewis County Health System:

LCHS COVID Stats for January 13 

FREE COVID-19 drive-thru testing in Lewis County for January:

LCHS COVID Testing January 2021

Oneida County has recorded 200 new positives, according to the latest updates made available Tuesday from health officials.

Out of 6,592 total known active cases, County Executive Anthony Picente says there are 165 people who remain hospitalized with COVID-19 complications.

Since testing began in March, the county has added up 15,196 total positives and 274 virus-related fatalities.

Herkimer County reported 106 new positives from Tuesday, health officials said.

Out of 1,287 known active cases, authorities are reporting a total of 59 people who remain hospitalized with COVID-19 complications.

Since testing began in March, the county has accumulated 3,529 positive results and 38 virus-related deaths.

Jefferson County health officials said they found 78 new positives on Tuesday.

With 734 known active cases, authorities are reporting 26 people who remain hospitalized with COVID-19 complications.

Since testing began in March, the county has witnessed 3,157 positive results and 19 virus-related fatalities.

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