At least 70% of COVID cases come from personal gatherings; ‘Government can’t control that community can’ says Onondaga Co. Exec.

Coronavirus

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — It’s been a tough week or so as the coronavirus continues to take the lives of neighbors in the Onondaga County. County executive Ryan McMahon announced 6 more deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the county’s death toll to 282 residents.

There were 293 new cases of coronavirus reported on Thursday. The seven-day average infection rate in Onondaga County is 5.8%. “In New York, we’re performing better than the country as far as the positivity rate right now, but that doesn’t change that we’re in a big fight,” said McMahon.

“If the data showed a clear path that a regulation would work we’d be doing that. The data shows us that 70 to 80% of cases are related to spread in homes are gatherings that the government can’t regulate. These are choices people are making.”

Ryan McMahon, Onondaga County Executive

Onondaga County’s strategy to combat the spread of COVID-19 is to increase testing capacity. McMahon said it’s a lot of work and strain on the government’s infrastructure to investigate and quarantine individuals but it’s one of the best tools the county has in fighting this virus. “We need to find this virus. How do we find it? We test.”

Onondaga County has added additional hours and sites for COVID-19 testing. Click here for more information and to make an appointment. You can also visit Alert.NY.gov and be alerted to any new testing sites in Onondaga County.

McMahon also reminded the community of the tools they have to reduce the spread of COVID-19: practice social distancing, wear a mask, wash hands often, sanitize, and limit social and commercial outings.

You can watch McMahon’s full briefing below:


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