Onondaga County Executive McMahon Announces Mask Distribution and Testing Site at Fairgrounds

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NYS Health Department recommends indoor masks for all of Central New York

SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) – Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced a drive-thru distribution site for COVID-19 tests and KN95 masks for Onondaga County.

On Monday, April 4, starting at 9:30 a.m., you can get COVID-19 tests and KN95 masks at the New York State Fair Orange Lot. It will be limited to two kits (four tests in total) per car and masks will be distributed as quantities allow, the county executive’s office shares.

Tests will be distributed until noon and residents are asked to arrive no earlier than 9:30 a.m.

This news follows the New York State Department of Health’s recommendation that the entire Central New York area resume wearing masks indoors.

“The high number of COVID-19 cases in central New York suggests that transmission of the virus is widespread throughout the region and that levels remain above the state average,” the health commissioner said. of the State, Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “The good news is that we have tools to solve this problem. I urge all New Yorkers to remain vigilant and take steps to protect themselves and their families by getting the COVID-19 vaccine and getting vaccinated when eligible, getting tested after exposure or if symptoms develop, staying home and self-isolating when showing symptoms, talking to your healthcare professional about treatment if you test positive, and recommend wearing a mask regardless or the vaccination status in indoor public places. The treatment is widely available and works best if taken within five days of the onset of symptoms, so get tested soon after symptoms appear.

Onondaga County has the highest 7-day percentage rate of positive COVID cases in the entire state. This week, the state revealed that one reason for the high numbers is that Onondaga County is one of the only counties to include home testing numbers. However, even with those numbers subtracted, Onondaga’s percentage still remains the highest in the state.

Dr. Bassett spoke to NewsChannel 9 on Saturday about his concern for the New York center. You can watch the story below.

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