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Local restaurants will be allowed to expand their outdoor seating to accommodate more customers without having to appeal to bureaucratic entities. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon  issued an Executive Order Friday that suspends any permit, ordinance or regulation in relation to outdoor seating in the county. 

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Onondaga County received sales tax receipts, and they continue to indicate financial challenges ahead. Payments were off 37%, which is $9 million less than last year. The County Legislature is considering reinstituting a decades dormant energy tax, which is one of the only ways the county government has found to raise revenue.

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  With no federal aid to local governments yet and sales tax receipts on the way, Onondaga County will have to face the economic reality of the COVID-19 pandemic soon.


During a weekend of mostly peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd across Onondaga County, local leaders also kept their eye on the COVID-19 pandemic. County Executive Ryan McMahon said though it’s not ideal during the pandemic, social distancing enforcement was not the priority at the protests. 

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Following late night confusion, Central New York is able to start Phase Two of reopening. Reports began Thursday evening that Governor Andrew Cuomo would not be allowing any part of the state to begin Phase Two until a data review by international experts, causing frustration among local leaders and residents.

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Data from the past two weeks points to Central New York entering Phase Two of reopening on Friday. However, which businesses are included in Phase Two is unclear. As of Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon’s Thursday briefing, New York State still had not issued any specific guidance.

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The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Onondaga County was one of the lowest in weeks Wednesday. County Executive Ryan McMahon reported just 14 new cases of the virus, with only 3 of them from community spread.

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Central New York continues its march towards Phase Two of reopening after the pandemic shutdown the local economy. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon reported the region is still meeting state mandates and is anticipating more guidance for businesses by mid-week.

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As the community begins the Memorial Day weekend, the percentage of new asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in Onondaga County increased again. Officials reported that 53% of new cases over the last three days are from people with no symptoms. This comes with recent implementation of universal testing in the community.


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A large number of new, positive COVID-19 cases in Onondaga County are from asymptomatic carriers. County Executive Ryan McMahon reported that 44% of cases this week were from people who exhibit no symptoms.