The Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) has confirmed an 18th person in the county has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Linda Conlon, OCHD director/health officer, said Thursday the individual is in their 20s and has a history of travel outside the community. 

“The individual is self-isolated and no significant risks of exposure to the general public related to this individual have been identified,” said Conlon. “County health officials are contacting others with whom the individual with the positive result had close contact.”

Conlon asks community members to continue to protect themselves and others.

“Now is not the time to become complacent. We must continue to have resolve and think of our friends and neighbors as we help keep our community strong and healthy,” Conlon added.

People who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should contact a medical provider to be tested.

“While this virus predominantly affects our vulnerable population more acutely, no one is immune from developing serious, even life-threatening complications. Please protect others by protecting yourself,” said Conlon.

To read the latest information about COVID-19, check the OCHD website  at, the Department of Health Services website at, or the Centers foor Disease Control and Prevention website at