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McMahon: Onondaga County Residents Must Stay Resilient to Diminish Rising Cases

Katie Zilcosky

Onondaga County reported 98 new COVID-19 cases and an infection rate just over 2% Thursday. Most of the cases are from community spread. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said based on current local data, 1 in 50 people has the virus.

“As you can see, we let our guard down. The virus got back into the community, our cases have gone up, and our hospitalizations have gone up. We can’t be at a point where mentally we say, ‘Heck with it. We’re just going to go on with our daily lives,’ because that won’t work.”

With colder weather, the safer option to participate in social activities outdoors starts to diminish. McMahon hopes the nice weather this weekend will allow for people to engage outside and minimize the spread of the virus. He reminds the community that rules for gatherings outside do not apply once they move indoors, and anything could pose potential risk.

“We’ve seen every type of case now. Think of something in the world that you do. Whatever you do, we’ve now had a COVID case based off of those activities.”

Testing for the virus is now available on the weekends at the state fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. An appointment must be scheduled prior to going for a test. Meanwhile, testing at the regional market F shed is for anyone showing symptoms and does not require preregistration.

Katie Zilcosky is WAER’s All Things Considered host and features reporter. She also co-hosts WAER’s public affairs show Syracuse Speaks. As a reporter, she focuses on technology, economy, and identity.