SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon called Friday a “mixed bag” of good and bad news for the community.
Six more neighbors have died in nursing homes since Thursday. Since nursing homes fall under New York State’s jurisdiction additional information on these victims is not given to Onondaga County. As of 3 p.m. on Friday, Onondaga County has lost 90 of its residents to COVID-19.
“Let’s take a moment and think about these individuals that lost their lives and their loved ones and their families and everyone we’ve lost in this process,” said McMahon.
Hospitalization rates continue to stay steady. 61 individuals are hospitalized. 17 are in critical condition. To date, 185 people have been hospitalized and released.
The Syracuse Community Health Center will continue proactive testing next week for anyone who wants to be tested. The county saw a lot of success this week and would like to continue it next week.
The mobile testing site was at the Onondaga County WIC office on Gifford Street in Syracuse on Thursday and Friday open to any resident. McMahon said this site will travel to every corner of the county in the future to provide proactive testing.
There are 20 more positive cases of COVID-19 in Onondaga County bringing the total to 1,543 positive cases.
7 of the new cases are related to senior living facilities. 3 are household contacts and 10 are from community spread.
The 7-day average for community spread is 13 cases. McMahon said these numbers continue to be manageable for the Health Department. They are able to conduct their investigations, trace and quarantine any contacts necessary.
With nicer weather in the forecast, McMahon hopes residents will continue to be diligent and physical distance, wear masks, and protect their health.
The Onondaga County Health Department is reviewing plans to open either Oneida Lake Shores Beach or Jamesville Beach for Memorial Day weekend. The county doesn’t have the resources to open up both at this time but McMahon said if the county can’t open them safely they won’t do it at all.
At the end of his press briefing, McMahon declared Saturday, which is forecast to be a beautiful day in Central New York (70 degrees and sunny) a county-wide day of yard work! This way residents can enjoy the weather and be physically distanced at the same time.
“Let’s be smart as we enter into this new phase,” said McMahon. “Please enjoy the weather, be smart and be safe.”
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