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Local officials are working with the state to find a way to get orange zone schools back to school in person on Monday. This includes almost all of the Syracuse City School District. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon has made in-person a priority through the yellow, and now orange zone, designations. McMahon says instead having students transition to remote learning until all buildings are tested, they want to resume in-person instruction Monday with promise of all buildings tested by the end of the week.

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Onondaga County’s yellow zone has expanded and parts of it have transitioned to an orange zone as coronavirus cases continue to rise. Most of the city of Syracuse in addition to parts of Dewitt, Lyncourt and Solvay are in the designated orange zone. Orange zone rules go into effect Wednesday, and includes the closure of high-risk, nonessential businesses such as salons and gyms.

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Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 remain a concern of health department officials in Onondaga County. 84 people were in the hospital Thursday, and ten people were in the ICU. County Executive Ryan McMahon said the therapeutics for the virus are working better, so people are being discharged from the hospital more quickly.

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Onondaga County and ShoppingTown Mall owner Moonbeam Capital have reached an agreement on what to do with the property after years of legal back and forth. The county will oversee future redevelopment of the site under the deal.

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Contact tracers are struggling to keep up with the continuing surge of COVID-19 in the area, but a new app developed by the state may start to help. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon explained the COVID Alert NY app allows people to do some self-reporting, rather than leaving it all to contact tracers.


New rules for Onondaga County’s yellow zone went into effect this week, and new statewide regulations will start at the week’s end. The consistent rise in coronavirus cases locally and across New York prompted state government to instate the new limits on gatherings and curfews for restaurants, bars and gyms.

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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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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.

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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.