Syracuse, NY — Since early February, more Onondaga County residents have been hospitalized than ever before, County Executive Ryan McMahon announced today.
Deaths this month are well above the rate of a year ago, and newly confirmed cases of the disease continue to rise, McMahon said in his Monday briefing on Twitter.
The numbers are higher than a year ago, just as the deadly Covid-19 wave started to accelerate.
McMahon said that:
* Local hospitals have 123 Covid-19 patients today. That is the highest since February 3, when there were 125. A year ago there were 102 and would reach a peak of 336 on December 28.
Of those hospitalized, 25 are in intensive care.
* Four more people died from the respiratory disease in the past three days, bringing the November total to 38. That is much faster than in November 2020, when 10 people died at the same time.
McMahon said the recent deaths involved a man in his 70s and three women, each in their 50s, 70s and 90s.
Since the pandemic began in early 2020, 846 residents of Onondaga County have died from Covid-19.
* The number of cases is increasing. In the past week, the province confirmed 1,677 new cases. That is 55% higher than the first week of November.
McMahon urged county residents to get vaccinated and get booster shots if eligible. He said the province also offers rapid tests for people without symptoms who want to be tested before visiting relatives. Those clinics are Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. in the lobby of the Civic Center, 421 Montgomery St., Syracuse. You can sign up for the free testing at the county appointment website.
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