SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced 18 new deaths due to COVID-19 within the county Wednesday. McMahon said it was the “deadliest day in the pandemic.”
During a Facebook Live Wednesday afternoon, McMahon made the tragic announcement that 18 more Onondaga County residents had passed away due to COVID-19. Five of the deaths were people in a hospital and 13 were from nursing homes. The exact time of death for the nursing home residents is unclear because they were reported by the State Health Department, but Onondaga County said they are assuming the deaths came within the last 24 hours.
For the third consecutive day, Onondaga County reported fewer than 300 new cases, with 297 new cases reported Wednesday. McMahon said the number of new cases has been dropping over the past couple weeks, and he thinks we already hit our peak from the Thanksgiving holiday.
McMahon announced 299 Onondaga County residents are currently in the hospital battling COVID-19.
For Onondaga County to avoid an Orange Zone, the hospital bed capacity has to stay above 15%. Wednesday McMahon announced 861 out of 2,117 hospital beds are available in Onondaga County, which is about 40%. McMahon said he is also waiting for the State Health Department to approve a plan which would release 88 more people from the hospital and free up more beds.
Onondaga County’s COVID-19 positive rate from Wednesday was about 6.5%, according to the county executive.
On Thursday, McMahon plans to announced the COVID-19 vaccination schedule for nursing home residents in Onondaga County.
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