SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — In his Friday afternoon COVID-19 briefing, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced another death from coronavirus in Onondaga County.
The victim was a male in his late 50s. He was said to have underlying medical conditions.
The total number of victims of COVID-19 in Onondaga County is 34.
In a glimmer of good news, McMahon announced that the rate of hospitalizations was stable.
There are 27 new positive cases in Onondaga County bringing the total to 947.
The County and New York State have been proactively testing residents and employees in senior living facilities over the last week. McMahon said he expects the County’s testing on assisted living facilities to wrap up next week. The County will move on to independent living facilities and any other areas in the community where the data has shown spikes in COVID-19 cases. Employees of these facilities will continue to be tested periodically.
70% of active cases are related to affiliated cases or household contacts.
Community spread cases have been trending downward, however, everyone should continue to be mindful that coronavirus is still present. McMahon said some of the positive cases have been associated with large gatherings.
There has been a potential exposure from an employee at the Walmart in East Syracuse who uses Centro as transportation. Click here for more information.
As the weather improves and an economic restart gets closer, McMahon said people need to continue to be smart and take care of themselves and their families. Social distancing, face coverings, and other precautions should continue to be taken. He’s asked people to carry their masks with them, even in the parks.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced school buildings will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. While devastating to high school seniors, McMahon said the County is working with school superintendents on ways to celebrate their achievements.
McMahon and other regional leaders continue working with the state on a restart plan. McMahon said the Central and Mohawk Valley regions will be ready to enter phase 1 of reopening the economy when the Governor gives the ok. That is expected to be May 15, when the Governor’s “New York On Pause” order is set to expire.
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