Close to 20,000 college students brought into the county, Onondaga’s data continues to stay strong

Coronavirus

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Over 6,300 diagnostic COVID-19 tests were conducted in Onondaga County over the weekend. Those tests don’t include the thousands of pooled saliva tests being administered on college campuses, but the positive results for those tests are reflected in Onondaga County’s data.

After welcoming in close to 20,000 students to the area, Onondaga County’s infection rate is .8% on a 7-day average. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said during his briefing on Monday, if those saliva tests were averaged in the county’s infection rate would drop even lower.

Back-to-school testing for teachers and staff at local school districts continues this week. Last week over 500 individuals were tested. There were no positive cases from the testing. For a testing schedule and to make an appointment visit COVID19.OnGov.net/Appointments/Schools. McMahon said the Syracuse City School District has finalized plans and will announce a date for its staff to be tested as well.

16 individuals are currently hospitalized with only 1 patient in the ICU. There have been no COVID-19-related deaths over the weekend. “Very good news as we continue to learn how to treat this virus better,” said McMahon.

15 new cases on Monday brings Onondaga County’s total positive coronavirus cases to 3,763. Of the 15 new cases, 1 is related to travel from Virginia, 4 are household contacts, 2 are currently being contact traced, and 6 are from a known source, 2 are unknown at this time. 4 of the 15 cases are categorized as community spread.

Onondaga County is currently monitoring 169 active cases. 3,395 people are recovered from the virus. “If you think back to March 25, when things got aggressive, and look at where we are…it’d be interesting to see what people would have thought this would look like,” said McMahon, referring to the graph showing the immense progress the community has made toward the virus.

Onondaga County COVID-19 Cases by Municipality Dashboard 8/31/20

McMahon said regional control room calls with State officials and local leaders have been focusing on back-to-school safety and colleges. He says the next issue to tackle would be the hospitality industry. McMahon said opening this sector for businesses would help improve the unemployment rate and generate more economic activity.

McMahon is scheduled to have another COVID-19 briefing Thursday, September 3 at 3 p.m. NewsChannel 9 will stream it live on LocalSYR.com.


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