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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Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order Saturday moving the presidential primary from April 28th to June 23rd, in the wake of health concerns from the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The move aligns the voting for presidential nominees to the same date voters would be choosing congressional and legislature nominees in the various parties.

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Onondaga County added 23 Coronavirus cases on Saturday over Friday's numbers.  County Executive Ryan McMahon acknowledged that everyone's patience has been tested by having to social distance for this extended period.  However, he advised that staying at home is the best thing to do right now while the virus is still all too active.

"We know there are more positives out there but, we're talking about 20 individuals in the hospital right now; 8 in critical condition who are most likely on some sort of ICU (Intensive Care Unit) ventilator."

The Reverend Joseph Lowery, co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died Friday, according to a statement by the Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights. He was 98 years old.

The statement said Lowery died peacefully at home Friday night, surrounded by his daughters.


People in Onondaga County observed violating social distancing orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19 might get a visit from law enforcement.  Sheriff Gene Conway says most might only get a warning, as was the case for about 50 calls that have come in over the past 24 hours. 

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday that she had talked with President Trump about a "fix" to the relatively small amount of funding the city is slated to receive from the the landmark $2 trillion economic relief package.

The scale of the crisis in the city was underscored by the death of a member of Bowser's own administration Friday from COVID-19.

The story of Jason Diakite into pop culture prominence isn't one that many will have heard before.  The Swedish hip hop artist wasn't discovered waitng tables and he wasn't regarded as a child star. Despite his less than conventional path, his music rings as true as any on the scene.

On this episode of Pop Life, Joe Lee chats with Jason Diakite about his journey from America to Sweden, what inspires his music, and what he's learned along the way.

Updated at 1:39 p.m. ET

Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy wasn't interested in President Trump's attempt at Twitter-shaming another GOP lawmaker who mounted a failed attempt to drag out a vote on a $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill.

Covid-Conscious Eating

Mar 27, 2020

How well did you plan to shelter-in-place for the long haul?  Did you have time to consider how to build an appropriate pantry?   Did you think of foods that help boost the immune system?  How about appropriate processed foods?

The coronavirus appears to be much more lethal in some countries than in others.

In Italy, about 10% of people known to be infected have died. In Iran and Spain, the case fatality rate is higher than 7%. But in South Korea and the U.S. it's less than 1.5%. And in Germany, the figure is close to 0.5%.

So what gives?

The answer involves how many people are tested, the age of an infected population and factors such as whether the health care system is overwhelmed, scientists say.

The limited supply of ventilators is one of the chief concerns facing hospitals as they prepare for more COVID-19 cases. In Italy, where hospitals have been overwhelmed with patients in respiratory failure, doctors have had to make difficult life-or-death decisions about who gets a ventilator and who does not.

In the U.S., emergency plans developed by states for a shortage of ventilators include using positive airway pressure machines — like those used to treat sleep apnea — to help hospitalized people with less severe breathing issues.