SYRACUSE, NY – Six more Onondaga County residents have died Covid-19 over the last three days, bringing the total for the first half of February to 32.
The number of newly confirmed cases continues to fall by an average of 206 a day over the past week. That’s a 60% drop from last week’s January, but still more than double what they were a year ago.
Hospital admissions also continue to decline, County Executive Ryan McMahon said on Twitter today. He said there are 121 Covid-19 patients in the hospital, down from 153 a week ago.
McMahon said five county residents have died of Covid-19 in hospitals since Friday: two women in their 60s and 70s and three men in their 60s and 70s. A resident of a nursing home also died, but no biographical data are available.
The number of Covid-19 patients in the hospital has dropped by more than half since peaking in mid-January at 257. The number of patients in the intensive care unit also continues to decline: 17 people are in the intensive care unit today; in January, that number hovered in the mid-40s.
Hospital admissions have dropped enough that Syracuse’s three major hospitals can now resume elective operations such as knee and hip replacements. Elective surgeries had been put on hold in December as winter’s Covid-19 rise filled hospitals already struggling with staff shortages.