SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Friday afternoon during Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon’s daily COVID-19 briefing, data regarding asymptomatic cases in the county was released.
Out of the positive cases announced in the last 3 days, 53% of them have been asymptomatic.
Widespread proactive testing has found these pockets of people who would have otherwise never been tested under previous CDC guidelines that limited testing to those who had symptoms.
Asymptomatic cases are treated as if symptomatic and are isolated because at this time it is unknown how long they are able to spread the virus.
This is why Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta said it’s important for everyone to continue following safety guidelines. This will be especially imperative going into the Memorial Day weekend with nice weather.
Dr. Gupta and McMahon both emphasized folks need to use common sense and continue to physical distance and wear a mask when necessary. Hand washing and staying home if you are sick are still imperative precautions as well.
McMahon said these precautions have gotten us to a New York Restart and it’s been proven they work, so the community should continue to do them to stabilize the virus and move ahead.