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Positive trends in Onondaga County. But deaths climb to 11

Onondaga County
A look at the confirmed, active and recovered cases in Onondaga County. County Executive Ryan McMahon said the goal is to flatten the red curve, get the yellow curve down, and the green curve up.

New York State now has over 10,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Onondaga County is up to 11 deaths after two more people died. 

The victims were both women; one in their 80s and one in their 70s.

“This is a grim reminder to all of us how deadly this virus is,” Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said.

The total number of positive cases in the county is up to 520, with 49 people in the hospital and 20 people in intensive care. 

There are some positive trends in Onondaga County when it comes to the coronavirus. Despite the number of deaths increasing, there are now more individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 (257) than there are current active cases (252).

“That progress doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods,” McMahon said. “It means we have to buy in and dive in more, so in two weeks, our data is really strong, and it makes the case of what could be a potential restart.”

McMahon said the data will determine any future decisions.

“And so how do we get the data to go in the right direction?” McMahon asked. “We starve this virus. We need to have less new positive cases.”

McMahon said the time is now to double down on social distancing to make those positive cases dwindle. 

Currently, almost 7,000 Onondaga County residents have been tested for the coronavirus.

Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County. Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
Tom Magnarelli is a reporter covering the central New York and Syracuse area. He joined WRVO as a freelance reporter in 2012 while a student at Syracuse University and was hired full time in 2015. He has reported extensively on politics, education, arts and culture and other issues around central New York.