Nearly 10% of Onondaga County’s population has been tested


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County’s robust testing strategy has led to almost 10% of its residents being tested.

As of Monday at 3 p.m., Onondaga County has administered 44,883 tests with 5.2% of them returning positive. The 3-day infection rate is 1.5%, the lowest its been since the pandemic began back in March.

Universal testing continues at the Syracuse Community Health Center daily. The Onondaga County mobile testing unit is also traveling to different neighborhoods to encourage residents to get tested from all areas.

Onondaga County has 2,324 positive cases of coronavirus. 941 of those cases are still active and 1,232 have recovered.

Unfortunately, Onondaga County has lost 156 of its neighbors to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. “We’re still in a fight with the virus,” said Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon.

Out of the 19 new cases in the County announced today, 12 are related to senior living facilities. McMahon said over the last few days Onondaga County has seen a few asymptomatic cases within these facilities. The Health Department is micro-targeting the information to better understand the data and make recommendations to New York State and the facilities’ management.

Community spread cases are averaging 6 over the past 3 days. As the Central New York region enters the second full week of Phase Two and looks ahead to Phase Three this weekend, McMahon said it’ll be interesting to see how much better Onondaga County can really get with its data and thanked the community for all it has done in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

So far Phase Two of reopening hasn’t caused any spikes in the data. Protests occurring on Saturday, May 30 have not caused a spike either.

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