Onondaga County confirms 146 COVID-19 cases, 8 in critical condition

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon confirmed the county has 146 COVID-19 cases at his daily briefing on Saturday. 23 more cases were confirmed within the county since McMahon’s update on Friday.

On Saturday, McMahon announced 20 people are now in the hospital due to the virus, and eight of those people are in critical condition. On a positive note, three people have been released from the hospital since Friday, as their conditions improved.

McMahon reported Onondaga County is getting their test results quicker, as they have pushed through the “log jam” of tests. The county executive said people can expect their results in about two days after being tested, but there are anomalies.

As of Saturday, McMahon said the county had received about 2,800 total test results, with about 5.2% of people testing positive.

The disease continues to infect people of all ages, as McMahon said 56% of the cases in Onondaga County are from people under 50-years-old.

The Onondaga County Executive continued to stress the importance of social distancing, as it is still the county’s best strategy to flatten the curve, according to McMahon.

At the press conference, McMahon addressed Governor Cuomo’s plea for more ventilators, and McMahon said in Onondaga County the hospitals, “are in good shape.”

The county executive was also asked about Governor Cuomo potentially sending COVID-19 patients from New York City to Upstate New York for treatment.

Upstate is called ‘Upstate’ so let’s make sure we’re dealing with Central New York and Northern New York challenges first, and then certainly if there’s capacity, we’re all New Yorkers. We just need to make sure we have enough capacity for our own residents, for the rest of Central New York and Northern New York, but in the event that our downstate neighbors need help, if there’s beds, we need to help. That’s what we do as a state. We would want the same if this was impacting us the way it’s impacting them.

Ryan McMahon, Onondaga County Executive

On Monday, the first positive case in Onondaga County will be two-weeks-old, making that person eligible to be out of quarantine. The person must produce a negative coronavirus test result before being released from quarantine, and McMahon said that Dr. Gupta, Onondaga County’s Health Department Commissioner, is working with the CDC to get exact protocol on how to handle someone coming out of quarantine.

To view all of the confirmed cases in Central New York, click here.

Watch the video below to see the full press conference from Saturday:

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