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Onondaga County lost another 12 residents to COVID-19 Sunday into Monday, continuing what County Executive Ryan McMahon calls a very tough, unbearable month.  Sixty-nine residents have died in just the last week.  The county’s infection rate also jumped from 5.5 percent to 6.1 percent, which McMahon attributes to fewer tests of asymptomatic residents over the weekend.

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With Christmas in just a matter of days, health officials are giving their final warnings to keep celebrations as small as possible to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said behavior during this week will determine the severity of the pandemic in this community.


The State Health Department approved a plan for Upstate University Hospital and Loretto to create a local recovery facility for nursing home residents hospitalized by COVID-19. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced the partnership Friday.

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Healthcare workers are getting the coronavirus vaccine, and Onondaga County’s health data is headed in the right direction. Hospitalization rates have remained mostly flat and new daily case have dropped over 20% since the initial Halloween surge. However, County Executive Ryan McMahon said the county is on the edge of more risk going into the holiday season.

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Wednesday was the deadliest day yet during the COVID-19 pandemic in Onondaga County. 18 people lost their fight to the virus in 24 hours. 5 of them died in local hospitals and 13 died in nursing homes, according to state records. County Executive Ryan McMahon said the community will suffer more loss if people do not modify their plans in the coming weeks.

“I think with all the sobering data that we’ve seen of the residents we’ve lost. Hopefully people are reevaluating some of their plans for the holidays,” said McMahon.

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The first dose of the coronavirus vaccine was administered in New York Monday, but the pandemic still is wreaking havoc in Onondaga County.

“In the first wave of this pandemic, you could reference ‘I know somebody who had covid or I’ve heard of somebody who had covid,’” said County Executive Ryan McMahon. “Now you can say you know somebody who died of covid or somebody’s family member who died of covid.”


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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon is asking the state Department of Health to allow nursing home residents to recover in a designated facility rather than at the hospital while they await a negative COVID-19 test. An Executive Order by the Governor requires nursing home residents to test negative for COVID-19 before returning to their home.


The current stress from COVID-19 on the Onondaga County healthcare infrastructure comes from a staffing concern, not a lack of beds. The State Health Department Monday ordered hospitals across New York to increase their bed count by 25%.


It’s been a hard week fighting COVID-19 for Onondaga County. The county recorded 348 new cases of the virus Thursday, and 6 people died. County Executive Ryan McMahon said the grim reality is that the virus is back in local senior living facilities.

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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon usually gives his scheduled coronavirus briefings at the OnCenter. But he updated the community on the pandemic from his home office Monday, after being exposed to COVID-19 through a family member who contracted the virus.