Syracuse, N.Y. — Onondaga County today topped 10,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus — and 46% of those were discovered this month, according to an analysis of county data by syracuse.com | The Post-Standard.
Today’s case numbers were much lower than in previous days. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon confirmed another 136 cases in the county. But they came after multiple days of 200-plus new cases being confirmed. There have been 10,026 confirmed cases.
Three more people died, McMahon reported: A 75-year-old woman, a 92-year-old man and a nursing home resident where no details were available.
That’s 12 deaths reported in the county in the past four days.
And, Onondaga County hit yet another record number of hospitalizations today, with 132 patients in hospitals, McMahon said. Twenty-two of those are in intensive care units, he said.
During the first eight months of the coronavirus pandemic, Onondaga County confirmed a little more than 5,400 Covid-19 cases, the county data show.
Then came November — and another 4,606 cases. That means 46% of the county’s Covid-19 cases have hit in just one month.
Onondaga County confirmed its first two coronavirus cases on March 16. They were a married couple, the woman in her 70s. They hadn’t traveled recently.
The news, McMahon explained at the time, meant the virus was here.
Over the next few weeks, as businesses and schools shut, Covid-19 cases grew steadily but slowly. By the end of March, 31 cases. Most of April, there were 40 to 50 cases a day, an analysis by syracuse.com | The Post-Standard shows. By May, the daily caseloads climbed into the 80s.
But by the end of summer, the county reported a couple dozen new cases a day. In September, those positive test results dropped into the single digits.
Even as schools and colleges reopened, the cases here didn’t surge right away. It’s only in November that caseloads started topping 200 a day on some days.
This fall, the county went 24 days without a reported death, the data show.
As of today, 238 people have died related to Covid-19, according to the county.
There was some good news, according to McMahon.
The number of active cases is down 209 to 1,770, he reported. He also urged people to watch the testing rates closely over the next few days. The positive rates may swing, he said, because testing over the holiday has fluctuated.
And of 227 tests administered most recently at the Oncenter, just one came back positive, McMahon said.