SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — In his daily COVID-19 briefing at 4 p.m. Friday, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced 2 additional people have died from the virus.
The victims were both in their 70s, one was male and one was female. Both had underlying medical conditions according to McMahon.
The total number of deaths in Onondaga County is 25 as of 4 p.m. Friday. The breakdown is 14 females and 11 males.
Hospitalization rates went down, but ICU admissions went up. There are currently 49 people in the hospital and 14 people in critical condition.
Friday marked the best day so far for recoveries. 63 people were released from mandatory isolation bringing the total to 485 recovered.
The Health Department is continuing to monitor 236 active cases.
100 cases are now contact cases. These are people who live in a household with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and contracted the disease.
Of the 22 new cases today 8 of those cases are affiliated with senior living facilities and the County’s proactive testing strategy to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Onondaga County has received roughly 20,000 masks that it will begin to distribute to vulnerable communities such as assisted living facilities, the Syracuse Housing Authority, La Liga (The Spanish Action League of Syracuse), and other communities where population density and vulnerability to COVID-19 are.