SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon shared sad news at today’s COVID-19 briefing.
Another death was added to Onondaga County’s total, bringing it to 6. The woman was in her 70s with underlying health conditions.
The total number of cases rose to 397. 38 people are hospitalized and 20 of those are in the ICU.
119 cases have recovered and been released from isolation.
As New York City braces for their apex of cases, McMahon said this is a big two weeks for Central New York. The thought being Central New York’s curve is two weeks behind New York City’s when it comes to impact.
McMahon said there are two ways of thinking: 1.) brace for the impact and do nothing, 2.) Get social distancing grade to 50% and starve the virus.
“Let’s do better than 50%. Let’s make our own curve and write our own story as a community and at the end of this, it can be the Onondaga County and Central New York success story in this pandemic. But I can’t write that story, the residents of this community have to write that story.”
The social distancing grade after McMahon asked everyone to cooperate with the voluntary shelter-in-place has already improved. Onondaga County went from a C to a B- over the past few days. He’s asking the county to aim for “excellent grades” not just passing. Neighboring counties have adopted the same voluntary shelter-in-place.
McMahon said most positive cases that are appearing now could have been prevented by social distancing measures like not going to work while sick, avoiding recreational gatherings, and a big one, visiting senior loved ones.
Measures to curb social gatherings continue to be taken. Last week golf courses were shut down. This week, park rangers have started to close parking lots in order to limit the number of visitors. Tough decisions to protect public health have to be made McMahon said. “Even if it’s 1%, because we are fighting for every one of our residents.”
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