SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — On Monday afternoon, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon delivered an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and the positive cases in the county.
The county received 1,263 diagnostic tests, also known as nasal swab tests, back in the last 24 hours. Excluding saliva tests, which are being administered at local colleges and school testing, Onondaga County’s 7-day average infection rate is 0.97%. If the 6,484 saliva pool tests are added into the average, the 7-day infection rate improves to 0.67%.
“0.67, good rate. Certainly, other parts of the state are now seeing upticks,” said McMahon. “It’s just a reminder the virus is still here, it’s going to be here. If we continue to be smart, we’ll continue to be able to regain access to our way of living while we bide time for the medical community to come up with a treatment and a vaccine. But the concept that we can be too loose with our behavior and that this virus won’t bite us is just not a concept that’s going to work,” warned McMahon. “So people need to remain aware of their surroundings, wear a mask, distance when appropriate, and just be smart. We can’t get too ahead of ourselves here and have the data go the opposite way. We’re doing everything we can to get the economy open fully. We’ve taken a data-driven approach. If the data goes the wrong way we won’t be able to.”
Twelve people remain in the hospital. No one with COVID-19 is currently in the ICU. Onondaga County has a total of 4,172 positive cases and is actively monitoring 198 cases. 3,772 people have recovered from the coronavirus in the county.
McMahon is scheduled for another COVID-19 update on Thursday, October 1 at 3 p.m. NewsChannel 9 will stream it live on LocalSYR.com.