Onondaga County’s COVID-19 positive rate trends downward, 8 more COVID-19 deaths over last 24 hours

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced Wednesday that the county has suffered eight more deaths related to COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.

McMahon was at his podium Wednesday afternoon in order to deliver the latest data regarding COVID-19 to the county. Some numbers were positive, while other data was not.

He started with worst of all news, stating that over the last 24 hours Onondaga County had lost eight more people to COVID-19. This brings the county’s death toll to 373 since the pandemic began, and 52 of those deaths have come since last Monday, according to McMahon. 

The good news is that the county’s COVID-19 positive rate is dropping. According to McMahon, Onondaga County’s average positive rate ten days ago was around seven percent. On Wednesday, McMahon said the COVID-19 positive rate for the county was now closer to six percent. 

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 also declined by six in Onondaga County over the past 24 hours. However, 327 people are still in a hospital in Onondaga County battling the virus. 

The hospital capacity in Onondaga County and across New York State remains intact. During his press briefing Wednesday morning, Governor Cuomo said there hasn’t been a single hospital in the state that has contacted the governor’s office to tell them they expect to only have 15% of their beds available over the next three weeks. 

McMahon said Wednesday that Onondaga County continues to do robust COVID-19 testing. McMahon said the county is projected to perform 3,000 COVID-19 tests on Wednesday, and said the county will continue to do testing on Thursday. McMahon said testing capacity is limited, but if tests are still available, you can sign up to get one here.

Help on the way to assisted living facility:

After a COVID-19 cluster was found at an assisted living facility, McMahon said the county worked with Upstate Hospital to develop a proactive plan to try and prevent the residents from needing to go to the hospital for treatment.

McMahon said the residents who tested positive at the assisted living facility will soon receive antibodies from the blood of someone who already battled and beat COVID-19. McMahon said he believes it’s the same type of treatment President Trump received when he was recovering from COVID-19.

“One way to avoid going to the hospital is to have this done quickly,” McMahon said. “Usually you have to go there and get an IV treatment. So, we talked about and partnered Upstate with the medical teams at the facility, identify through the residents who would qualify, and those that qualified and consented, of course, are getting the treatment.”

Statewide, New York remains the third best state in the entire country in regards to controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Governor Cuomo Wednesday.

Onondaga County’s complete COVID-19 briefing from Wednesday, December 23:

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