WAER Coronavirus Coverage


A fourth person in Onondaga County has died of COVID-19.  Health department officials say he was a man in his late 80s with significant underlying health conditions and was hospitalized.  At his daily briefing Saturday, County Executive Ryan McMahon said the disease comes on fast and hits some people hard.

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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon highlighted the large number of people who are using Onondaga County’s healthcare infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said cases in Onondaga County rose to 322 Friday but local hospitals are serving around 800 COVID-19 related cases. 


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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sought to reassure seniors Friday that she’s doing all she can to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on New York’s hospitals and residents. 

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WAER is catching up with service businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic to see how they’re coping with the challenging times.  In part two, we’re looking at businesses on the SU Hill that are taking a significant hit without thousands of college students around. 


All Central New Yorkers are trying to cope with the risk and restrictions posed by COVID-19 and how to stay healthy.  But the area’s newer refugees might have a harder time understanding or even getting the right information.