Two Onondaga County residents die from Covid-19; hospital admissions highest in nine months

Syracuse, NY — Two more Onondaga County residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the pandemic total to 859, the province said today.

Hospital admissions rose to 124, the highest level since Feb. 3. according to province data. Of the people hospitalized today, 28 are in intensive care, the highest number this month.

So far in November, 293 county residents have been admitted to Syracuse hospitals with respiratory disease.

County Executive Ryan McMahon said: Tuesday that hospital admissions had taken “a steep dive”, from 123 on Monday to 105 on Tuesday. However, the county’s updated website now shows 119 hospitalizations for Tuesday. McMahon’s office did not immediately respond to a request from… Syracuse.com to resolve the discrepancy.

The province today confirmed 247 new cases of Covid-19. The average number of cases per day over the past week is now 243. That’s well below the threshold that McMahon said Tuesday would lead to new restrictions, including mask and testing mandates at major events.

Onondaga County would need to have an average of 334 cases per day to meet McMahon’s threshold. The last time that happened was on January 15, as the number of cases was just beginning to decline from the worst of the pandemic.

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