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Parties And People Under 30 Drive Onondaga County's Last Few Weeks Of Community Spread

Onondaga County Executive's Office

The number of young people contracting and spreading COVID-19 continues to increase with summer in full swing. 39% of the 66 new cases in Onondaga County since last Thursday are from people under the age of 30.

County Executive Ryan McMahon presented a visual representation at his briefing Monday of how one case spread to over a dozen people. 

Credit Onondaga County Executive's Office / Youtube

"We could probably put up four or five of these over the last three, four weeks," said McMahon. "And we could probably show how one or two or three or four things that happened drove more than half our cases for that period of time. That’s the good news. We know where it came. The bad news is we’re still very vulnerable for it to happen again.”

With reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not plan to provide aid to local governments in his coronavirus relief bill, the County Executive called that proposal a joke.

McMahon said he doesn’t appreciate being used as a bargaining chip.

“It’s not Ryan McMahon being used as a bargaining chip; it is my workforce. This is a mid-year budget problem," said McMahon. "I have people who are working very, very hard to fight this pandemic and to put ourselves in a position for success so we can get our economy open. And they’re still just in denial that state and local governments need help. Or we’re just being used as a bargaining chip in this process." 

The bill is not yet finalized, but is expected to be released later this week.  

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.