Onondaga County Executive mandates vaccinations and/or testing at all county schools

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon held a COVID-19 briefing Tuesday after nearly 300 people tested positive for the virus from Saturday-Monday. 

During the briefing, McMahon announced an executive order saying interfacing school employees at schools will need to show proof of vaccination to work or test regularly. This order includes third party vendors. Preschool staff will also be required to wear masks.  

“Our kids learn best when they are in school and the most effective tool we have to ensure they are able to learn and learn safely is the COVID-19 vaccine. This executive order will provide school personnel with the choice of either receiving a vaccine that is proven to be safe and effective or undergo weekly testing. We cannot let another school year go by that risks our children from being in school
as much as possible. Last week, our team released school guidance to ensure a safe and productive school year and this executive order builds upon those efforts.”

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon

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McMahon also touched on other topics during his briefing: 

  • The county executive believes, in 2-3 weeks are positive rates will be under 1%. 
  • McMahon says he has been in contact with schools and believes districts will follow mask guidance (if it gets worse and schools aren’t following guidelines, then they could mandate masks). 
  • Won’t mandate masks without the infrastructure to apply it.  
  • “This is likely to be an endemic… the game isn’t zero anymore.” 
  • McMahon said he will take his kids to the fair but other parents should do what they believe is best for their children. 
  • Marijuana at the fair: McMahon would like attendees not to smoke it at the fair but said it’s in their right to do so. 

You can watch the full press conference in the video player below.

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