Onondaga County Numbers Improving, Working On Helping Seniors

Syracuse, N.Y. -Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon talking about COVID today, said cases are going in the right direction...as the county has had around 7 straight days with cases in the 200's.

McMahon said the county is looking to make things easier for Seniors to register for a COVID shot and get vaccinated. He said many Seniors are not extremely tech-savvy and some don't have access to the internet.

The county is working on a program that would solve that problem, possibly something like a lottery system, where seniors register once, and when the vaccine becomes available a certain number of seniors who have already registered would be contacted.

McMahon hopes to have the pilot program up and running this Thursday.

McMahon said if this system works, he’s hoping pharmacies will come on board as well and pull names from the county’s pre-registration list.

County executive McMahon said 5 more people died from COVID19 in Onondaga County bringing the total number of deaths since March 2020 to 584. He said the positivity rate stands at 4.9%, 171 are in the hospital.

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