Syracuse, N.Y. — Coronavirus hospitalizations hit a record high of 92 today, the most since the pandemic began in March, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said.
McMahon also reported two more people have died in Onondaga County: an 88-year-old woman and a 72-year-old man.
The higher number of hospitalizations come as the county’s daily caseloads are ranging from 150 to 240 a day.
In the past 24 hours, hospitals had 20 new patient admissions, he said.
But while the caseloads are high, they appear to be stabilizing, he said.
The county also reported another 219 new cases, he said. That’s down eight cases from yesterday.
On Thursday, the county confirmed 227 new cases. On Wednesday, the county hit a new record of 240 confirmed cases.
And when looking week over week, the numbers appear more stable, he added.
“We’re on track for the same number of cases as we had last week,” he said. That’s better than the previous week, when the growth shot up by 90%.
“It looks like our caseload is flattening,” McMahon said, adding that he thinks the county residents can defy predictions that the virus will grow over the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Let’s really hunker down,” he added, urging people to continue to be careful, limit gatherings and follow health guidelines.
The county also did 1,559 tests today in schools, he said. Only four tests came back positive.
Overall, the county did about 2,000 tests on people with no symptoms — and found six positives, he said.