SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The COVID-19 vaccination plan is underway in Onondaga County and more than 1,000 high risk health professionals have already received the vaccine.
During a press briefing Thursday, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced more than 1,000 high risk health professionals have already received the COVID-19 vaccine in Onondaga County. He also said vaccinations would begin for nursing home residents Monday.
The vaccinations could not come soon enough, as McMahon tragically announced that two more people within the county passed away from COVID-19 during the past 24 hours.
On top of that, McMahon also announced 378 new cases of the virus within the county Thursday. The good news is the county has seen about a 20% decrease in new cases over the past week, when compared to the week prior.
McMahon also announced 471 more Onondaga County residents have recovered from the virus, making it the second consecutive day recoveries have outnumbered new cases.
After Thanksgiving, much of Central New York saw a spike in new COVID-19 cases. McMahon said that can’t happen again, and recommended families only meet with the people they have been around throughout the pandemic this holiday season because the fight against COVID-19 is not over.
Onondaga County continues to do robust COVID-19 testing throughout the community, and they recently found a cluster within an assisted living facility, according to McMahon.
Testing will continue throughout the county, and residents will have multiple opportunities to receive a test during the week of Christmas.
Testing for asymptomatic patients will continue to take place at the Regional Market’s F Shed Monday through Friday.
On the weekends, testing for people experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 is available behind the Nascentia Health building located at 1050 W. Genesee St.
COVID-19 testing offered by Onondaga County for the week of Christmas (Testing is open at all locations from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.):
- East Syracuse Village Hall – Monday, December 21
- Town of Camillus Shove Park – Tuesday, December 22 (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
- Town of Cicero’s Arrowhead Lodge – Tuesday, December 22
- Skaneateles High School – Tuesday, December 22 and Wednesday, December 23
- DeWitt Town Hall – Wednesday, December 23
- Fayetteville Senior Center – Wednesday, December 23
- North Syracuse Community Center – Wednesday, December 23
- Onondaga Town Hall – Wednesday December 23
Onondaga County is also offering testing on Thursday, December 24 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Oncenter.
There will be no testing offered by the county on Christmas Day. To sign up for one of these testing sites, click here.
Thursday’s press briefing is available in its entirety below. (Technical difficulties forced NewsChannel 9 to miss about the first three minutes of Thursday’s press conference.)