Onondaga County To Increase Testing In Coming Weeks As Cases Rise

Syracuse, N.Y. - Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon giving an in-person COVID update today.

As COVID cases tick up a little in the county, McMahon said the county will send out rapid testing units to different communities.

McMahon will again offer back to school testing for teachers and students. As far as masks in schools, McMahon said the state has not yet indicated whether it will be up to the counties to make that decision and he said he would hope they won't have to force kids to wear mask again in schools.

He did announce that the county is looking at a vaccine mandate for, new hires only.

McMahon said that we will probably not see zero cases of COVID for a long period of time and so residents of the county need to continue to practice proper safety measures and get vaccinated.

County Executive McMahon said "we're watching this...we know what an emergency looks like, trust me I know what an emergency feels like, this is not an emergency"

The county reported 30 new cases Wednesday,16 in the hospital with four patients in intensive care.

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