1 death from COVID-19 in Onondaga County in the past 24 hours; proactive testing will be expanded to neighborhoods

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — In his Wednesday afternoon COVID-19 briefing, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced the loss of another neighbor due to coronavirus.

The victim was a female in her 60s with underlying medical conditions.

This brings the total number of deaths from COVID-19 to 41 in Onondaga County.

Onondaga County now has a total of 1,178 positive cases of COVID-19. That’s 63 more cases from Tuesday.

25 of the new cases are related to testing at senior living facilities as the county and New York State continue to proactively test these vulnerable communities.

McMahon said the county will continue its proactive efforts by moving to other parts of the community. This could include working with apartment complexes and multi-family residences, areas where density could be an issue. The county is already working with the Syracuse Housing Authority on testing.

McMahon said a mobile testing unit is also possible to visit neighborhoods where under-tested populations are located. This could be targeting a certain demographic or age group that is under-represented in the county’s data. The county is planning outreach efforts within these communities.

Proactive testing not only helps in the fight of the virus, but it’ll be crucial in a restart. Governor Andrew Cuomo has asked counties to complete 14,000 tests a month. McMahon said their continued strategic plan to proactively test will meet the Governor’s demands.

To date, McMahon said Onondaga County has administered 14,507 tests.


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