Onondaga County will no longer contact COVID-positive cases, instead expecting people to self-report

Coronavirus

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Working on overdrive for nearly two years, the Onondaga County Health Department will no longer contact every person who tests positive for coronavirus and instead expects them to self-report their results on the county website.

Isolation is still required for people who become infected and quarantine is still required for unvaccinated close contacts exposed, but the legal document will be self-signed.

Residents who have tested positive can access the county forms here.

At his briefing, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon also announced 20,000 test kits are on the way to the county from the state, arriving as early as Wednesday.

“I think once you do all the things you can do to keep yourself and your family safe, you still need to live. So, I think that’s where (we’re at); Month 22 into this process. If you’re going to be doing something with people that you love… then utilize (the) infrastructure available to you to eliminate as much risk as you can.” 

Ryan McMahon

This past weekend, McMahon said 70,000 tests were distributed to school districts in the county. The county executive announced a new testing site at Shoppingtown Mall near the old TGI Fridays. It’s open Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

In addition, 50,000 KN-95 masks will also be handed out this week. 

The PPE and testing sites are in response to the record-shattering positive cases over the holidays. From Friday to Monday, Onondaga County had over 4,500 cases and nine deaths. And while no new deaths were reported Tuesday by McMahon, there are an additional 845 new positives cases in the county.

Currently, 157 residents are in the hospital with 29 of those patients in the ICU. McMahon said 69% of them are unvaccinated.

You can watch the briefing in the video player below:

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