With two days of 400+ cases expected, Onondaga County Executive shares preliminary surge plan

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — With 404 tests coming back positive on Friday and a similarly-high case load Saturday, the Onondaga County Executive shared his preliminary plan of restrictions if cases stay high for the next week.

What Ryan McMahon calls “Phase 1” would be if a 10-day average of 70 cases per 100,000 people. The benchmark would trigger large events, like weddings to require proof of vaccine or negative test results.

Based on Onondaga County’s 202 population, an average of around 330 cases is needed for 10 days.

“Phase 2” would happen if hospitalization totals hit an emergent benchmark, a number yet to be finalized by McMahon. That would trigger mask requirements in public places deemed essential, to protect the vulnerable people who need them. It would not apply to more voluntary businesses like movie theaters and fitness centers.

McMahon stressed the importance of getting vaccinated and boosted from COVID-19.

The County Executive reiterated the importance of getting a COVID-19 test if feeling sick. McMahon himself was a bit stuffy Friday, and got a COVID-19 test Friday morning and tested negative.

You can watch the briefing live in the player above.

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