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1st coronavirus death confirmed in Onondaga County

Onondaga County officials on Tuesday confirmed the county’s first death related to the novel coronavirus.

The patient was elderly, and had been hospitalized, County Health Commissioner Indu Gupta said in a press release. County officials will not be releasing additional information about the patient due to medical privacy, Gupta said.

“This sad news proves how important it is to take measures to protect ourselves, our families, and our community,” Gupta said.

The novel coronavirus causes COVID-19, a respiratory disease that has infected over 420,000 people and killed over 18,800 globally. New York state has confirmed over 25,660 cases of the virus.

Onondaga County has confirmed 60 cases of COVID-19 in total, 18 of which are in Syracuse, County Executive Ryan McMahon said in a briefing Tuesday afternoon. The county has confirmed 7 new cases since yesterday.

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The county has received over 1,300 COVID-19 test results, 4.5% of which have come back positive, McMahon said. Eight patients in Onondaga County are hospitalized with COVID-19, and three patients are in critical condition.

Officials are now waiting for about 800 new results due to a recent surge in testing at the Syracuse Community Health Center triage site, McMahon said.

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Thank you Source: Daily Orange

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