Onondaga County ramps testing; 4 more neighbors lost their lives to COVID-19


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced the loss of 4 more neighbors to COVID-19 during his daily update on Tuesday.

All 4 people were hospitalized. Two were women, one in her 60s, one in her 70s, and two were men, one in his 60s and one in his 80s.

This brings the COVID-19 death toll in Onondaga County to 79.

“This virus is deadly and certainly this information reflects that,” said McMahon.

There are 54 people currently hospitalized and 14 in critical condition. 5 people were released from the hospital since Monday.

31 new COVID-19 cases were reported bringing Onondaga County’s total to 1,425 positive cases with 751 people who have recovered from the virus.

9 of the new cases are household contacts and 11 are affiliated with senior facilities.

The county’s proactive testing in assisted and independent senior living facilities has not stopped. Governor Andrew Cuomo has also ordered nursing home employees to be tested twice a week.

On Monday, the county began testing anyone who wants to be tested at the Syracuse Community Health Center. Beginning on Thursday, people can also be tested at the WIC Office Parking Lot located on Gifford Street in Syracuse. Click here to read more about dates and times testing is available at these locations.

This is in an effort to ramp up testing numbers for the county to meet Governor Cuomo’s testing guidelines for a reopening. Onondaga County would need to test 775 people per day in a 30-day month or 750 people per day in a 31-day month in order to meet the mandate.

As of Tuesday at 3 p.m. Onondaga County has administered 18,533 tests. On Monday the county administered 888 tests.

Onondaga County is partnering with more diagnostic labs in order to keep up with the demand of testing while keeping turn-around times down.

As May 15, the date set for New York State to “un-pause”, inches closer McMahon said Onondaga County will meet and exceed the Governor’s mandates to begin Phase 1 of a restart.

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