Nursing homes are at the center of a couple of new issues facing Onondaga County as it fights the coronavirus.
County Executive Ryan McMahon said Thursday it was as if a "hammer dropped on my head" when he learned that 19 deaths in nursing homes in the county apparently haven't been included in the daily count of COVID-19 deaths. After those figures came in from the state, the county's death count went from 41 to 60.
"19 people I had no clue we lost," McMahon said.
McMahon said there were no new deaths Wednesday, but the total number of cases rose to 1,234.