Recoveries outnumber new cases in Onondaga
Recoveries outnumber new cases
For only the second time since the arrival of COVID-19 in Onondaga County, more recoveries were reported overnight than new cases.
County Executive Ryan McMahon said Friday that 22 cases have recovered, while only 14 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours. But McMahon cautioned the local community had a long way to go before social distancing rules would be lifted.
“If you want to get back to what the new normal looks like, we need you to buy into this for the next 10 days,” McMahon said during his Friday afternoon update.
Although recoveries are increasing, so are the number of intensive care unit patients. With 25 individuals in critical condition, this marks the highest number of ICU patients to date. According to McMahon, 18 percent of all active cases are currently hospitalized.
“This is just the reality of this virus,” McMahon said. “Once you get it, you are in for a fight.”
Also, McMahon reported another the eighth community member had died from COVID-19 on Friday. The patient was in his late 60s and had a pre-existing medical condition, putting him at a higher risk. This was the county’s seventh death in just nine days.
“We really need people to take this seriously,” McMahon said. “We are now at a point where we ask the community to sacrifice.”