Picente Lifts COVID-19 State of Emergency in Oneida County

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that he has lifted the State of Emergency he declared for the COVID-19 pandemic last year and all of the Executive Orders associated with it.

“While the threat of COVID-19 still looms, Oneida County is no longer in an emergency situation because of the pandemic,” Picente said. “Effective immediately, I am rescinding the State of Emergency and the Executive Orders I declared over this past year and a half. I am proud of the hard work and dedication of the people of Oneida County who have contributed to pulling us through this public health crisis and I encourage everyone to remain vigilant and get vaccinated so that we can move on once and for all.”

Exercising Section 24 of the New York State Executive Law and Section 302 of the Oneida County Administrative Code, Picente declared the State of Emergency on March 13, 2020 due to the threat to the health and safety of the residents of Oneida County from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Picente also enacted three executive orders during the pandemic that allowed for his office to approve the purchase of supplies, commodities and services necessary to support the county’s response to COVID-19; the County Executive and the Chairman of the Board of Legislators to approve emergency budget transfers; the Director of Information Technology to approve any capital project expenditures and one that placed a cap on the fees charged by third-party food delivery services to food service establishments.