Coronavirus cases in Onondaga County near 200; other counties seeing increasing numbers
There was another big jump in positive cases of the coronavirus in Onondaga County Sunday, up 48 to 194. 20 people are hospitalized, with seven in critical condition. But County Executive Ryan McMahon is hopeful, because he said there are only about 360 tests outstanding from local hospitals and the community’s triage site.
"We have gotten to the point where we are in real time data with testing. That should be helpful and hopefully we’ll start to see our curve flatten, knock on wood," McMahon said. "We’re seeing people recover, which we’ve been waiting for. But for us to keep that going, and keep the process going in the right direction we need to continue social distancing."
The county health department expects to be making more calls to take people out of mandatory isolation, if their symptoms fit state criteria.
McMahon and County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta emphasize that means these individuals still need to practice social distancing.
"It’s not a free pass to party and do whatever you want. This is so crucial," said Gupta. "You have recovered, that’s great. But we do not know if you can get reinfected at this point if you are exposed to somebody. So you keep the social distancing."
Most counties around the region saw big jumps in positive cases of COVID-19 this weekend. Get the latest updates on our liveblog.
Breakdown of cases in Onondaga County, by age: