Onondaga County’s community spread low but protesters are urged to take precautions to prevent the spread

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County’s COVID-19 numbers continue to remain low as the region wraps up it’s first full week of Phase Two.

The County’s overall infection rate is down to 5.4% with 42,378 people being tested as of 3 p.m. Friday. The 3-day average infection rate has been 1.7%.

Unfortunately, Onondaga County is mourning the loss of two more neighbors. One was a woman in her 70s who died in the hospital, the other was someone in a nursing home. New York State does not release information for those cases.

34 of the 64 people hospitalized are waiting to be discharged and return to nursing homes, but an Executive Order created to prevent COVID positive patients from returning to nursing homes is preventing them from going home. Onondaga County has given New York State two suggestions for temporary housing for these folks and is waiting for a decision from the State.

A 7-day running average of community spread cases is averaging less than 10 per day, with today being one of the lowest days Onondaga County has had since the beginning of the pandemic with 3.

“It doesn’t look like we’ve had an uptick at this point,” said Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon.

Protests with mass gatherings from last weekend have concerned McMahon. He said any community spread cases that result in symptoms may not show up in the numbers until this weekend.

More protests are planned for this weekend. McMahon urged those involved to take precautions to protect themselves and their neighbors by wearing masks at a minimum.


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