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Onondaga County saw its largest caseload yet on Wednesday with 222 new COVID-19 cases reported. The active number of cases also reached a record high in the county, climbing to 968. County Executive Ryan McMahon said doctors are learning how to better treat the virus and get patients out of the hospital more quickly.

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Businesses behaved for the large part over Halloween weekend in Central New York. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon reported that just one of 50 businesses were found non-compliant with covid-19 precautions. Health department data had shown behavior at bars and restaurants were partially responsible for last week sharp rise in coronavirus cases. McMahon said though cases are heading in the right direction, he doesn’t expect daily caseloads to drop much below 30 during the winter months.

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Thursday was another day with a high number of new COVID-19 cases in Onondaga County. Fifty new cases were reported with most being attributed to community spread. The County has seen well over 150 cases just this week, and County Executive Ryan McMahon said Friday is on track to be the largest number of new positive coronavirus cases in a single day since the pandemic began. McMahon said health officials have analyzed data ahead of Halloween weekend and will be keeping a close eye on certain places.

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Planning to limit your public engagement this Halloween?  If you need ideas for at-home entertainment, this episode of Pop Life promises to help you make it spooky and safe. 

Joe Lee is joined by Kendal R Phillips, professor of Communications & Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University and author of the book Projected Fears: Horror Films and American Culture, to discuss a few movies and shows to explore for a haunting good time during the global pandemic.

Mark Bialczak

  There was a time, soon after my candy-collecting years were said and done, when  I pretty much forgot about Halloween.