April 14, 2020 3:00 pm
Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh joined County Executive Ryan McMahon Tuesday afternoon for the daily county Coronavirus response briefing.
Up 20 from yesterday, there are currently 537 active coronavirus cases in Onondaga County, and 268 recovered cases.
The county death toll has held steady at 11 since Monday as local residents are in the second week of the voluntary shelter in place.
“We believe that social distancing is working,” Ryan McMahon said. “We are starting to see positive data.”
Walsh offered a recap of the steps taken by the city of Syracuse: closing playgrounds on March 19, removing basketball hoop rims and locking tennis courts on March 27. Onondaga Country
“Our parks are still open,” Walsh said. “But they are only open for passive exercise where you can practice social distancing.”
Also, Walsh elaborated on Syracuse Police’s response to COVID-19 with a practice dubbed “educate and inform.” This tactic is designed to limit the danger to emergency personnel and maintains that a majority of people comply with the social distancing guidelines after being educated and informed.
Syracuse Police has received 237 complaints to date of gatherings or noncompliant businesses. Four Syracuse businesses have been ordered to shut down due to noncompliance, and a letter citing them has been sent to the office of the New York State Attorney General.
“The vast majority of people have been doing the right thing,” Walsh said.
The Onondaga Nation and the city of Elbridge continue to be the only towns in Onondaga County with zero COVID-19 cases, prompting a reporter to ask McMahon, “What’s in the water in Elbridge?”
The highest total cases in the county include the city of Syracuse which has seen 210 positive cases, Clay with 61 cases and Manlius with 38.