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Onondaga County moves from COVID-19 emergency to pandemic recovery

Tom Magnarelli
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Onondaga County officials are focusing on community recovery from COVID-19

Onondaga County officials say the county is no longer facing a COVID-19 emergency from a public health standpoint. 

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon says on Monday, he’ll be reviewing all emergency orders related to responding to COVID-19, and he won’t be continuing most of them.

That’s assuming the current trends continue. McMahon said there are fewer than 100 active COVID-19 cases in the community, the lowest number since the second week of the pandemic.

“We can continue to focus on vaccinating, but also recovery,” said McMahon.  “There’s many things going on in the community that are related to what we have all been through for the last 16 months, and we need to address those issues.”

County officials say providing adequate mental health services will be a top priority going forward, including a major initiative to bring support into schools for students and their families for the next academic year.

Another top focus will be getting the economy back on track. That will mean another round of the county’s restaurant gift card matching program, which McMahon called a wild success.

"We went out with the rest of the unclaimed vouchers for our restaurant gift card program.  They were gone, $75,000 was gone, within 18 minutes," said McMahon.

Onondaga County also plans to dedicate more resources to help the many people in the community who are dealing with poverty or food insecurity.