County Executive Ryan McMahon’s DailySnipit 4-14-20 “Social Distancing is Working.” Onondaga County has 537 total COVID–19 Infections to Date


As we are in the middle of April people have been taking advantage of the spring weather and have broken social distance protocols. There are numerous reports of people participating in soccer games and or playing basketball in city parks. The city of Syracuse proactively removed nets and hoops from parks to discourage the activity.

Other challenges to health officials and elected leaders are select areas that are experiencing distancing issues; people have begun to gather along Erie Boulevard to race their cars. Syracuse police have increased their patrols responding to some distancing complaints. However, they’ve shown restraint in issuing tickets or making arrests. It’s clear that officials are simply looking for high levels of compliance so we can stop the spread of COVID-19 in our area.

County Executive Ryan McMahon and Mayor Ben Walsh

According to Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, police have responded to 237 complaints regarding social distancing or instances where non-essential businesses have remained open.  The social distancing issue has become crucial as Central New York’s working diligently on reducing “the curve” bringing our number of infections down. As mitigation, people have been encouraged to “Stay at Home” as all but essential businesses have been ordered closed.

The good news about the pandemic in Central New York is that the curve is slowly bending in the right direction. Tracking technology is so advanced that we can tell a lot about the movement of people by analyzing cell phone data.

The 537 total infections were identified from 7,041 test results: an infection rate of 7.6%, this rate has remained consistent. Roughly 200 cases are being processed per day with results now being reported in days as opposed to a week or longer at the beginning of this pandemic. The number of people who’ve died as a result of COVID-19 is still at 11 people. 21 people, almost half of those hospitalized are in critical condition in the ICU.

County Executive Ryan McMahon’s Daily Briefing – 4-14-20

County Executive Ryan McMahon’s DailySnipit; “Social Distancing is Working.”

COVID-19 by the numbers

Total cases by gender and age:

  • 287 cases are women, 250 are men
  • 14 are under 19,
  • 111 are in their 20s,
  • 76 in their 30s,
  • 84 in their 40s,
  • 98 in their 50s,
  • 78 in their 60s,
  • 42 in their 70s
  • 24 in their 80s
  • 10 in their 90s

Total cases by municipality:

  • Syracuse: 210 (14.7 cases per 10,000)
  • Clay: 61 (10.3 cases per 10,000)
  • Manlius: 38 (11.9 cases per 10,000)
  • Camillus: 32 (13.2 cases per 10,000)
  • DeWitt: 32 (14.3 cases per 10,000)
  • Salina: 30 (9.1 cases per 10,000)
  • Cicero: 26 (8.4 cases per 10,000)
  • Onondaga: 26 (11.4 cases per 10,000)
  • Geddes: 18 (10.8 cases per 10,000)
  • Lysander: 18 (7.9 cases per 10,000)
  • Pompey: 16 (21.9 cases per 10,000)
  • Skaneateles: 10 (13.9 cases per 10,000)
  • Marcellus: 4 (6.5 cases per 10,000)
  • Otisco: 4 (15.8 cases per 10,000)
  • Van Buren: 4 (3.0 cases per 10,000)
  • LaFayette: 3 (6.2 cases per 10,000)
  • Fabius: 2 (8.8 cases per 10,000)
  • Tully: 2 (7.4 cases per 10,000)
  • Spafford: 1 (6.0 cases per 10,000)
  • Elbridge: 0 (0.0 cases per 10,000)
  • Onondaga Nation: 0 (0.0 cases per 10,000)