covid 19 impacts

Justin Sayles / Onondaga County

The amount of COVID-19 cases in Onondaga County surpassed 1,000 cases over the weekend to 1,047 cases… that’s an increase of 53 cases over Saturday.  Two more people have died, bringing the total number of local deaths to the virus to 36.  The latest victims are a white elderly male in his 90’s and an African American woman in her 60’s.  Both had underlying health conditions.  County Executive Ryan McMahon sent out condolences.  He also gave a snapshot of how many people are in the hospital.

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  Onondaga County meets state and local requirements to resume elective surgeries according to County Executive Ryan McMahon. Hospitalization rates due to the coronavirus have been declining, as they have been across the state. On Tuesday, hospitalizations made up 14% of active cases in the county.



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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will send absentee ballot applications to all eligible state voters for the June 23rd primary,  to give them the option of voting by mail if they don’t feel comfortable going to the polls in person on that date.

YWCA website

The Syracuse Chapter of the YWCA is getting plenty of social media responses from individuals and businesses alike participating virtually during the "Stand Against Racism Week."  The Executive Director believes the conversation is as important now... more than ever.

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  A shortage of personal protective equipment is happening across the county during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though Central New York has been able to largely keep hospitals from getting overwhelmed, they still don’t have enough masks.

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The President and CEO of Helio Health says the way of life has been altered in Central New York by COVID-19 is difficult for people in general, let alone a drug user.  Jeremy Klemanski says the substance abuse support organization is processing more initial screenings of new clients and follow-ups through technology. 


Many of Central New York’s arts and culture institutions were heading into the final leg of their seasons when restrictions on large gatherings due to COVID-19 shut them down about a month ago.  Symphoria clearly counts on ticket sales and live audiences, but now musicians have nowhere to play but at home.

Passenger traffic at Syracuse's Hancock Airport predictably took a sharp decline in March due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions and traveler comfort levels.  The Syracuse Regional Airport Authority officials say in a release that 47 percent fewer people passed through the terminal compared to March 2019.  

Federal and state orders mean the airport remains open for essential travel only.  Airlines have also dramatically modified their schedules.  Those traveling in the coming weeks are strongly urged to check with their airline to confirm the status of their flight.  

Onondaga County Executive's Office /

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said a new mobile COVID-19 testing site in the East Syracuse Walmart parking lot will collaborate with the county in its overall strategy.

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Restrictions on large gatherings have all but paralyzed Central New York’s arts, culture, and heritage institutions after they were forced to close about a month ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  That includes the Redhouse, which has postponed the remainder of its season.