Syracuse, NY – Onondaga County was added to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of counties with “substantial” transmission of the coronavirus this weekend.
The CDC recommends that people wear masks indoors in “substantial” areas (orange areas on map above) and âhighâ transmission (red) of Covid-19. This includes places with at least 50 new cases per 100,000 people over the past week.
Onondaga County recorded 257 new cases, or 55.81 cases per 100,000 population (a jump of 162%) over the past week, according to the CDC. Figures are based on a 7 day average ending Saturday.
That rate means the CDC recommends all residents of Onondaga County – vaccinated and unvaccinated – to wear masks indoors.
Of the 460,528 residents of Onondaga County, at least 61% are fully vaccinated and 64% have received their first dose, according to the state health department. Of adults 18 years of age or older, 76% received at least one injection.
Three days ago, nine counties in Downstate and three counties in upstate New York – Greene County, Saratoga County and Warren County – were on the CDC’s list of “substantial” communities or “high” of Covid-19.
As of Sunday, 23 counties in the state were on the list.
The CDC’s website shows that Onondaga County has had 257 cases, or 55.81 cases per 100,000 population – a jump of 162.24% – over the past week.
The county reported on Thursday that the number of active Covid-19 cases in the county had risen from around 40 to around 140.
Onondaga County Director Ryan McMahon reported the following new cases of Covid-19 over the past week on his Twitter account: 19 new cases on July 26, six cases on July 27, 30 cases on July 28 , 37 cases on July 29 and 41 cases on July 30.
McMahon has yet to report the number of new coronavirus cases over the weekend, and he could not be reached for comment on Sunday after the CDC added Onondaga County to its list of areas with a “substantial” spread of the Covid-19 community.
Last week, McMahon told reporters that Onondaga County plans to resume mass testing for Covid-19 next week in response to the increase in the number. At the same time, McMahon said the Syracuse region remained “in good shape” as the virus broke into other parts of the country.
McMahon urged anyone who delayed getting a vaccine to get one, saying it was the best way to prevent the spread of the virus and to keep children from having to wear face masks. back to school.
This week, the county plans to reestablish a site to provide rapid Covid testing, which it stopped doing at the end of June. County officials are also preparing to offer Covid testing to teachers and staff before school starts in a few weeks. And the county is looking for a supplier to provide surveillance tests in schools during the school year.
Although the vaccines do not offer 100% protection against infection, they are generally effective in preventing serious illnesses that require hospitalization or death, officials said.
Onondaga County continues to organize clinics to offer vaccines, which are also available at pharmacies and other sites.
âThe vaccine is what’s going to help,â McMahon said last week.
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