Onondaga County Exec: Progress the community has made is significant, hopefully, Friday we can meet an important milestone


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon held his first COVID-19 update on Monday afternoon after taking a one-week hiatus from the daily briefings.

McMahon said Onondaga County’s data is strong going into the second week of New York’s Phase Three of restart.

Over the last 24 hours there were no deaths to report. Hospitalizations are down to 42 individuals with 16 of those individuals awaiting a negative test result to return home.

Due to an Executive Order signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, seniors are not allowed to return to nursing homes until they test negative for COVID-19. Onondaga County proposed 2 housing options to get these folks out of the hospital, but New York State has not given an answer. Since this issue was first presented, many of the individuals have been able to test negative and return to their homes.

Onondaga County has a total of 2,576 positive cases of COVID-19 with 1,897 recoveries. Only 504 cases remain active and over 200 of those cases are related to senior living facilities.

McMahon said the data shows this virus has been facility-driven and community spread cases continue to be manageable.

However, a trend is rising in the 17-year-old to 20-year-old demographic. McMahon reminds residents that this virus is still here and the more liberties given back, the more risk there is. The community should continue to take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Onondaga County is approaching the 60,000 mark in testing. The Central New York region has administered over 6,000 tests over the last 3 days, which far exceeds the Governor’s mandate of 750 tests per day.

Phase Four of restart is set to begin Friday or Saturday of this week. McMahon expects Governor Cuomo’s healthcare advisors to begin reviewing the region’s data midweek.

Phase Four will see arts, recreation, and entertainment industries reopen.

During Regional Control calls with New York State, regional leaders have been advocating for Destiny USA to open and for graduations with more than 150 people to be allowed under certain circumstances. Both issues are still waiting for state approval.

McMahon said looking ahead he anticipates at least one more “phase” after Phase Four that may lift the caps on capacity.

The next Onondaga County briefing is scheduled for Friday, June 26 at 3 p.m. NewsChannel 9 will stream it live on LocalSYR.com.

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