With coronavirus cases spiking once again in Central New York, here are the most recent updates on cases, deaths, vaccines, restrictions, and more.
The Latest for Monday, November 23
Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said Monday afternoon that Syracuse's new place in the orange zone "is very disappointing."
“Now is the time to be safe. There will be future Thanksgivings. There will be future holidays," Walsh said, echoing the advice of health experts in the last few weeks to limit holiday-week travel and gatherings.
Walsh added that though the closure of certain non-essential businesses like hair salons and gyms are grouped in the orange zone, the data has consistently shown that those types of places rarely contribute to significant spread of the virus. As a result, Walsh has asked Governor Cuomo's team to reconsider closing those businesses.
2. Broome County Adds Another Death
Broome County lost another resident to COVID-19 over the weekend, bringing the number to 114.
There are currently 541 active COVID cases in the county.
There have been more than 47-hundred cases, with more than four-thousand recoveries since the start of the pandemic.
3. Oneida County Conducting Targeted Testing
The Oneida County Health Department is now targeting a specific zip code for COVID-19 testing.
If you live in the 13501 zip code, you can make an appointment to get a test.
The health department is specifically looking at this area due to an increase in positive cases coming out of that section of Utica. Testing will be conducted at Union Station through Wednesday.