Local virus hospitalizations near record, woman in 20s dies

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Syracuse, N.Y. — Hospitalizations due to the coronavirus in Onondaga County are near a record high, County Executive Ryan McMahon said today.The county reported one new death due to the virus today, a woman in her 20s with “severe” underlying health conditions, McMahon said. Another 227 new cases of the virus were confirmed over the last day.A total of 84 people in the county are now in hospitals with the virus. That’s just one off the record of 85 set in May and a 47% increase over the last week.Ten people are in intensive care units.“Hospitalizations continue to be an issue that we’re watching,” McMahon said. “The good news is our hospital stays are shorter. The bad news, more and more people need the hospital.”“More people are getting sick, sick enough to have to go to the hospital.”The average hospital stay for a Covid-19 patient is now four days, down from 20 days earlier in the pandemic, McMahon said. The average intensive care unit stay was even longer and is now just six days.That’s because health care workers have gotten better at treating the illness since the pandemic first struck in March.Despite the increase …

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