Onondaga County COVID-19 infection rate down slightly; waiting on NYS for guidance on several industries going into Phase Two


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County’s COVID-19 infection rate is down since the beginning of the pandemic.

Rates averaged 8% while Onondaga County’s testing protocol followed CDC and state guidelines to test individuals who had symptoms of COVID-19.

Proactive testing has dropped the infection rate to 6.2%. 32,855 tests have been administered as of Wednesday, May 27 with 28,050 negative results.

Onondaga County’s 3-day infection rate is at 3%, averaging 1,010 tests per day.

14 positive cases were announced in the last 24 hours. McMahon said he’s hopeful that this is a trend and the County is on the right track, however 53% of those who have tested positive in the last 3 days have been asymptomatic and neighbors should still be vigilant about their health and continue precautions such as physical distancing, wearing masks in public, and washing hands frequently.

The Onondaga County mobile testing unit will be on the move again beginning next week.

Monday, June 1 the mobile unit will set up at Clay Central Park located at 4821 Wetzel Rd in Liverpool.

On Tuesday, June 2 the mobile unit will set up at West Genesee High School located at 5201 W Genesee Street in Camillus.

Testing at the mobile unit and the Syracuse Community Health Center at 819 South Salina Street in Syracuse is open to anyone who wants to be tested. Walk-ups are welcome but if you prefer to make an appointment, visit the Onondaga County Health Department’s website.

Metrics for the Central New York Region are strong as Phase Two approaches, expected to begin Friday, May 29.

Questions to New York State about business guidance are still waiting to be answered.

McMahon said he’s been advocating for businesses that could open parts of their businesses in earlier phases than planned as long as it can be done safely.

Restaurants are expected to get guidance on outdoor service and seating in the next few days.

The County is still waiting on clarification from the State on religious gatherings. McMahon said his office will give guidance on what the Health Department is comfortable with if clarifications are not made.

Businesses can expect New York State’s guidance for reopening to be out later tonight or tomorrow.

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