Onondaga County loses two more residents to COVID-19, number of cases surpasses 1,000

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County announced two more deaths related to COVID-19, and the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county saw another spike on Sunday.

According to Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon, one of the deaths was a woman in her 60s and the other was from a man in his 90s. Both had underlying health conditions.

“Certainly as a community we mourn the loss of life, and are thinking about their families in this unprecedented time of grieving, and really not being able to grieve the way that we normally do,” McMahon said. “Another stark reality of the virus is that it just preys on our vulnerable. Even though you make progress each day, we’re continuing to lose some of our neighbors.”

The county executive also announced 53 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, this is the largest single-day increase in Onondaga County since the virus first appeared in Central New York.

However, McMahon expected the numbers to be a bit higher with the county performing proactive testing in many senior living facilities. 19 of the new cases reported on Sunday were associated with senior living facilities.

Onondaga County’s proactive testing in senior living facilities may be leading to an increase in cases, but McMahon says it is saving lives down the road.

According to the county, 12 of the new cases on Sunday are contact cases, meaning they live or had contact with someone known to have the virus.

McMahon was disappointed that 22 of the new cases came from community spread, meaning someone contracted the virus from randomly being out in the community. The amount of community spread cases had been much lower this past week, and McMahon worries the warmer weather may have something to do with the recent increase in community spread cases.

In total, there have been 1,047 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county.

The county executive reminded everyone to continue to practice social distancing, and to wear a mask when out in public.

Onondaga County reported that 41 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, and nine of those people are in critical condition.

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 are up five from Friday, but McMahon said some people that recently went to the hospital did not necessarily need to go to the hospital, and this number may be inflated.

On Sunday, it was announced that two more people had recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries in the county to 610.

As of Sunday’s press conference, there are 401 active cases of COVID-19 in Onondaga County. McMahon said if this number were to ever reach 5,000, there would be a complete shutdown in the county.

McMahon offered promising news in terms of a possible restart at his press conference Sunday.

“I don’t know how you could say to Central New York, we’re not ready for a restart,” McMahon said. “Our hospitalization numbers are fantastic. Our capacity is fantastic. Our ability to track down and trace the virus is probably better than any other community. So, then when you go at the proactive testing that you need to do, we are already doing it.”

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