Syracuse, N.Y. – The number of coronavirus patients in local hospitals continued its daily record-setting climb, reaching 185 today, eight more than Thursday’s record, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced.
Five people have died from Covid-19 since Thursday, including three women ages 73, 90 and 93. The other two deaths occurred at nursing homes and county officials did not have demographic information. A total of 259 county residents have died from the virus since March, county officials report.
Some local hospitals are under stress because of the influx of coronavirus patients, McMahon said in a tweet. Others “have capacity and are adding more,’’ he said.
Officials at Upstate University Hospital today said they were canceling non-urgent elective surgeries because of the strain caused by rising Covid-19 cases. Crouse and St. Joseph’s hospitals have not canceled elective surgeries.
Of the 185 patients in hospitals today, 31 are in intensive care, McMahon said.
County health officials confirmed 257 new cases of coronavirus since Thursday, a significant drop from the record-high 348 reported yesterday “but still too high,’’ McMahon said. It’s the third highest daily total since the pandemic arrived.
Onondaga County has confirmed 11,580 cases of coronavirus since March. More than half have occurred since early November.
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