SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Within three hours on Thursday, Onondaga County announced two deaths from the coronavirus.
County director Ryan McMahon announced the death of a woman in her sixties at 3 p.m. the county announced the death of a man in the 1980s shortly before 6 p.m.
This brings the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in Onondaga County to 3. An elderly woman was the first victim more than a week ago.
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Limited information has been published on the third death in the county.
“This individual was a man, in his eighties and with significant underlying health conditions and was hospitalized,” the health department said in a statement.
McMahon warned that there will be more people hospitalized and more people fighting for their lives. The number of people who were in critical condition as a result of the virus has more than doubled since Monday, from 7 to 15. Today, two of these people have died.
Of the 17 people who have reached critical condition since the start of the pandemic, only one has improved enough to leave intensive care so far. Three others died and 13 are still in battle for their lives.
There are now a total of 28 people in the hospital due to COVID-19 at 3 p.m. Thursday.
In terms of overall cases, 301 coronavirus infections have been confirmed in the county, including 24 new cases reported on Thursday. Of these, 75 recoveries have been reported and three deaths. The remaining 223 cases are still “active” infections.
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Reported at 3 p.m. from McMahon press conference:
“This is the reality of this disease,” said McMahon of the deaths. “Everyone can get it, and our immune system fights it in different ways, but the most vulnerable in our community – the people with underlying health conditions – it’s a fight. “
There are now 4,054 tests with results: 301 positive and 3,753 negative. The 24 new cases have been reported from 275 test results in the past 24 hours. There are 484 tests pending.
The number of people tested has seen an “increase” this week, said McMahon. He suggested that some people begin to be overly complacent in social distancing, leading to infections that could be prevented by following the rules.
Today, about 150 to 175 tests are administered per day, up from 125 to 150 a week ago. In the first week of testing, there were up to 300 people a day to get tested.
McMahon and the county health commissioner, Dr. Indu Gupta, have repeatedly asked the public to take social distancing seriously. The margin of error with this highly contagious virus remains extremely small.
The percentage of positive tests among the total has also increased in recent days. Today, 7.4% of people tested are positive.
Of the total number of cases:
166 are women and 135 are men
9 are under 19,
67 in their twenties,
47 in their thirties,
46 in quarantine,
51 in their fifties,
44 in their sixties,
24 in their 70s
11 in their 80s.
2 in their 90s
Distribution by municipality:
City of Syracuse – 99
Clay – 31
Camillus – 21
DeWitt – 21
Salina – 21
Cicero – 19
Onondaga – 17
Manlius – 15
Pumped – 13
Geddes – 11
Lysander – 9
Skaneateles – 7
Van Buren – 4
LaFayette – 3
Marcellus – 3
Otisco – 3
Tully – 2
Fabius – 1
Spafford – 1
Potential supermarket exposure:
An employee of the Tops supermarket in Manlius who tested positive for the coronavirus may have had contact with customers, the county health department said on Thursday.
The public announcement means there is a “gap” in the county’s investigation into the matter, with concerns that members of the public may have been exposed. (On the other hand, a DeWitt Wegmans employee who tested positive for the virus was not considered a public threat by county officials.)
People who visited 119 W. Seneca St. during these hours may have been exposed:
- Thursday, March 26, 6 a.m. and 1:10 p.m.
- Friday, March 27, 6 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Some of these hours included hours reserved for the elderly and vulnerable. The store has since been thoroughly cleaned, said the health department.
“Anyone who has visited the market during the identified periods should monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough and / or difficulty breathing for 14 days after visiting the store,” said the Commissioner. health, Dr. Indu Gupta. “If symptoms develop, stay home and call your doctor for more information on the tests. If you are elderly, have underlying health conditions, or are immunocompromised, call your doctor early even if your illness is mild. In an emergency, call 911. ”
Previous public exposure concerns:
Bethany Baptist Church: The infected person showed up on Sunday March 15.
Ascioti’s Market, located at 3249 Milton Ave. at Solvay: The infected employee worked from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17.
America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, located at 3401 Erie Boulevard East, DeWitt: the infected employee worked:
- Monday 3/9 8:30 am-5:30pm
- Tuesday 3/10 9.30am-6.30pm
- Wednesday 3/11 from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday 3/12 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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