COVID-19 Update: 3rd Death In Onondaga County, Possible Public Exposure At Manlius Tops

(UPDATED AT 6:15 PM TO REFLECT THIRD DEATH) Three people have now died from COVID-19 in Onondaga County, two in the past 24 hours. At his Thursday briefing, County Executive Ryan McMahon said one was a woman in her sixties with significant underlying health issues.

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When infectious pathogens have threatened the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been front and center. During the H1N1 flu of 2009, the Ebola crisis in 2014 and the mosquito-borne outbreak of Zika in 2015, the CDC has led the federal response.

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are relying more heavily on automated systems to flag content that violate their rules, as tech workers were sent home to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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There’s just one day to go until the state budget is due, the deadline is midnight March 31.  Lawmakers, facing a massive deficit, are meeting at the State Capitol, which is off limits to the public, as yet another legislator tests positive for the virus.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many family, business, and government meetings to be held virtually, and that includes Monday’s Syracuse Common Council meeting.


Positive cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Onondaga County, but 41 total people have recovered. This means a decrease in active cases, or people who are presently sick. County Executive Ryan McMahon says as people continue to recover, they will continue to track this number.

It's something we've heard again and again from health authorities in the coronavirus pandemic. Wash your hands. Frequently. With soap and water. For at least 20 seconds. That's an effective way to eliminate viral particles on your hands.

Plácido Domingo has been hospitalized because of COVID-19-related complications, according to multiple reports.

He is in stable condition in an Acapulco, Mexico, hospital and will receive medical attention for "as long as the doctors find it necessary until a hoped-for full recovery," a spokesperson for Domingo told Opera News over the weekend.

The Summer Olympics that had been scheduled to begin in Tokyo this July will instead take place almost exactly one year later, the International Olympic Committee says. The games were postponed last week due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be celebrated from 23 July to 8 August 2021," the IOC said Monday. It added that the Paralympic Games will follow, running from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.

President Trump is repeating his claim that the United States is doing more testing for the coronavirus than any other country.

"We have more cases because we're doing far more testing than anybody in the world," the president said in a White House briefing on Sunday.

The U.S has ramped up testing, but still lags other countries like Italy and South Korea, when it comes to testing on a per capita basis.

Onondaga County now has new guidance on when to release those who’ve recovered after a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.  The county now has 194 confirmed cases; 20 are in the hospital and seven are critical.  There have also been five recoveries.  Many of the early cases are recovering to the point where they could be ready to come out of isolation.  Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta says there are three criteria from the CDC: