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211 CNY is the call center for five central and northern New York counties that connects people with basic needs. Their call volume has increased drastically since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March. Access to food and paying bills are among the top concerns. 

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Positive cases of COVID-19 continue to escalate in Onondaga County. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 422, with 41 people hospitalized, and 22 in critical condition. There have been six deaths in the county.

County Executive Ryan McMahon said Wednesday following a new voluntary shelter in place order, residents are doing a better job of social distancing. But he is worried about one way of spreading the disease that continues to come up, people going to work sick.

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With Easter Sunday coming up this weekend, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon has a simple message: don’t visit family. McMahon said there are many positive cases of coronavirus that came from people visiting their loved ones, which got them sick.

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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said this week’s data on coronavirus cases is starting to show a little bit of hope. There are currently 377 cases of the virus in the county. That includes 13 new cases since Sunday. 

"That number is better than yesterday’s new cases, which was better from the day before,” McMahon said.

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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon Sunday called for a voluntary shelter in place for county residents to try and slow the spread of the coronavirus, as the number of people who have died in the county rose to five.

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Onondaga County officials said Thursday two more people have died after contracting COVID-19. County Executive Ryan McMahon said during his briefing Thursday that one person was a woman in her late 60s with "significant underlying medical issues" died after contracting COVID-19. A few hours later, the county announced a man in his 80s, also with underlying medical issues had also died. 

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There have been multiple reports of people joyriding on Centro buses in Onondaga County, after Centro temporarily waived the fee to ride, last week. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon is asking people to not take advantage of the free service.

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The Social Distancing Scoreboard, which uses mobile phone data to track the movement of people, gave Onondaga County a “B” grade, in terms of the average distance people are traveling. It’s a 30-40% decrease in travel, but at his Tuesday press briefing, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said that’s still not good enough. 

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Onondaga County’s number of positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 228. Officials point out at the same time, 41 patients have recovered and have come off quarantine. While that number is promising, local health professionals on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic continue to face a daily concern over access to PPE or personal protective equipment. In central New York, Onondaga County is coming to the rescue.

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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.

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According to 911 data, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said there have been a total of 50 calls related to social distancing complaints. At their Friday news briefing, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said the city had to take down the rims of basketball hoops at city parks because young people were playing basketball. 

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There has been another big uptick in the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Onondaga County. County Executive Ryan McMahon announced Thursday there are now 111 cases, up from 81 the day before. 16 people are hospitalized, four are in critical condition. 

McMahon attributed the uptick in positive cases to a large number of test results that came back in the last 24 hours. 

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There's been a big uptick in the number of positive cases of the coronavirus in Onondaga County in the last day, rising from 60 to 81. County Executive Ryan McMahon said Wednesday that’s out of a total of about 1550 tests, and some of the backlogged results from last week coming in. What concerns him is there is still a high number of young people testing positive, with 20 cases involving individuals in their 20s.

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Onondaga County has reported its first death due to the coronavirus. Health Commissioner Doctor Indu Gupta said the individual was an elderly, hospitalized patient and there was no risk of exposure to the public. This comes just eight days after the county had its first case. The number of people with the coronavirus in Onondaga County rose again to 60 on Tuesday. Eight people are in the hospital and three are in critical condition. 

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On Monday, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said it is a good trend that there were three straight days of declines in coronavirus testing at a triage test site in Syracuse.

“Our hope is that people who are symptomatic with respiratory illness are getting testing and we’re getting to the point where we’ve started to get ahead of all those cases in our community,” McMahon said. 

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Onondaga County Ryan McMahon announced a spike in positive cases of the coronavirus Saturday, with 21 additional positive results since yesterday. There are now a total of 34 positive cases in the county. 

McMahon said more than 700 test results came back yesterday, 21 of them were positive. He said hundreds of tests are expected to come back in the next few days. 

Of the 34 positive cases:

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Onondaga County has three more positive cases of coronavirus bringing the total, so far, to six. Of the three new cases one person traveled from New York City, another person traveled from Spain, and the third person is in their 20s. 

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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced more than 250 child care slots prioritized for parents working in hospitals, nursing homes and first responders. Some who work in child care say it's a safer choice than being in schools, which are closed in New York State for at least two weeks. 

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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon has confirmed the first two cases of the coronavirus in the county. The individual is a woman in her 70s with underlying health conditions. In the wake of this news, all county schools will be closed as of 4 p.m. today, Monday, March 16. 

McMahon, along with Onondaga County Commissioner of Health Dr. Indu Gupta and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, shared the news this morning during a briefing.

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A new testing site for the coronavirus is open today in the city of Syracuse. The Syracuse Community Health Center on South Salina Street will test individuals who may have been exposed to the virus and have been referred by a physician. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said the idea is to prevent people from flocking to emergency rooms and overwhelming the system.

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Onondaga County has declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus and will close all public schools in the county starting at 4 p.m. Friday, March, 20 and lasting until at least April 13, County Executive Ryan McMahon announced Saturday. 

Most school districts that are closing, including in the north country and southern tier, are closing immediately. McMahon said if there is a positive case of the coronavirus in the county before March 20, schools will close Wednesday, March 18. McMahon said the extra week in Onondaga County is to give parents and teachers time to prepare. 

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Onondaga County officials are urging central New Yorkers to stay calm when it comes to the coronavirus and the possibility of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, turning up locally.

County Executive Ryan McMahon has just a few words for people worried about the virus spreading into Onondaga County.

"This is not the time to panic," he said.

McMahon was in Washington D.C. this week for a conference with county executives from across the country, and left him confident that Onondaga County is ready for the virus.

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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh want some areas of city and county government to join forces in 2020. Both leaders think the time is now to successfully launch shared services plans that haven’t worked in the past.

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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon pronounced the county in good shape Monday in his State of the County address, his first since being elected to the job last year. But along with announcing a wide range of initiatives, he’s also hoping a looming state budget deficit won’t put a drag on the county’s bottom line.

New York is facing a $6 billion deficit, much of it fueled by increasing Medicaid costs. McMahon said he doesn’t want the state to shift some of those costs to local governments.

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Another warehouse distribution center is being proposed in central New York, this time in the Town of DeWitt. That’s in addition to a giant facility approved for the Town of Clay, with the promise of 1,000 new jobs. But one local expert said there are reasons to be concerned.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is supporting the creation of a countywide STEAM high school in Syracuse, focused on science and technology, in his State of the State speech Wednesday. The $75 million project will transform the former Central Tech High School into an education and workforce training center. 

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Republicans retained a firm grasp on Onondaga County government after the votes were counted Tuesday. But while the GOP still has control over the legislative and executive branch, it did lose one county-wide seat.

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Negative advertising has overtaken what had been a quiet race for Onondaga County Executive. With just a week to go before Election Day, the rhetoric on both sides of the race has intensified.

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon, appointed to the job a year ago, faces Tony Malavenda, a local businessman. Negative advertising creeped into the campaign via an ad from Malavenda, bringing up a 10-year-old connection between McMahon and a fraudulent investor.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Syracuse for the announcement of state funding to help two companies expand in the city. It came after pressure from Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh. 

Bankers Healthcare Group, which provides loans and financing to healthcare professionals, will move to a new facility in Syracuse’s Inner Harbor and create more than 300 new jobs. The $35 million project will get $11 million in grants and tax credits from New York State.

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Ryan McMahon was appointed Onondaga County Executive in November 2018 following the resignation of Joanie Mahoney. At the time, McMahon was serving as chairman of the Onondaga County Legislature. McMahon is running for county executive for the first time next month. His opponent is Democrat Tony Malavenda, a longtime business owner running for political office for the first time since the early 1980s. McMahon and Malavenda sit down for their first broadcast debate with Grant Reeher, and discuss many issues, including campaign spending, poverty and more. 

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