Onondaga County’s death toll from COVID-19 is at 82; testing exceeds Governor’s mandate for restart


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County Ryan McMahon announced 3 more deaths from COVID-19 in Onondaga County during his Wednesday afternoon briefing.

One was a woman in her 90s who died in the hospital. The other 2 were in nursing homes.

“Let’s think about their families and them and grieve for them and everyone we’ve lost to COVID-19,” said McMahon.

As of Wednesday at 3 p.m., 82 neighbors have lost their lives to COVID-19 in Onondaga County.

63 more positive cases were reported, bringing the total to 1,488 cases.

49 of those cases are from nursing home staff and residents. New York State is continuing its proactive testing of the vulnerable community. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new mandate for nursing home employees to be tested twice a week.

Onondaga County continues to ramp up its testing in the community to meet the Governor’s mandate for reopening.

To date, Onondaga County has administered 20,312 tests. 19,483 tests have been returned.

Combined the testing sites around Onondaga County sent 1,779 tests out to labs on Tuesday, which exceeds the state’s mandate of 775 tests daily per region.

The Central New York region has a 7-day average of 845 tests.

The first mobile testing unit will be Thursday and Friday at the WIC parking lot on Gifford Street in Syracuse. The unit will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. McMahon is encouraging residents to preregister on the Onondaga County Health Department’s website for an appointment.

11 of the new 63 cases announced Wednesday are from community spread. The 5-day average for Onondaga County is 13 cases from community spread.

McMahon said as Central New York enters into Phase 1 of a restart community spread is expected to rise, but residents and businesses will need to adhere to physical distancing and mask guidelines in order to reopen the economy safely.

Guidance from New York State on businesses that are allowed to open and how the county can enforce safety regulations is expected on Thursday.

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