Syracuse, NY — Two more Onondaga County residents, including a woman in her 20s, died of Covid-19 in the past day, County Executive Ryan McMahon said.
The other death was a woman in her 70s, he said. Both had underlying conditions.
Since October 1, 66 residents of the province have died from Covid-19, according to McMahon. Of those, he said, 69% — or 46 patients — had not been vaccinated. The other 20 people who died were fully vaccinated.
McMahon noted that 84% of county residents ages 18 and older have been fully vaccinated, while 16% have not. That means that people in the smaller, unvaccinated group here are responsible for a large number of deaths.
“So that 16% makes up 69% of deaths,” he said at a news conference today.
Of the 24 Covid-19 patients in intensive care today, he said, 79% have not been vaccinated.
“The vaccine continues to help people who get very sick,” McMahon said. “They do better than those who haven’t been vaccinated.”
The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 today is 115, about the same as 116 on Wednesday.
The province confirmed 271 new cases of Covid-19, the highest level since October 30. The number of new cases from the past week is 50% higher than the week before.
The number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all higher this month than at the same time in November 2020. Experts attribute this to the higher infectivity of the delta variant and to the fact that people gather more and wear fewer masks than last November.
In other Covid-19 news, McMahon said:
* So far, 2,900 children ages 5 to 11 have received their first dose of Pfizer vaccine. That is just under 10% of the children in that age group.
* The county plans to ramp up testing for people without symptoms next week in anticipation of Thanksgiving, when many residents want to be tested just before seeing relatives.
*Despite the rising number of cases here, Onondaga County is doing better than others along the Thruway Corridor. Onondaga County’s number of cases in the past week is 42.6 per 100,000 residents. Monroe’s is 46.6 cases per 100,000. Erie’s is 57.5 and Oneida’s is 59.5.
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