Wampsville, N.Y. — A Madison County resident has become the first Central New Yorker to die of the coronavirus.
The victim was an elderly person with underlying health issues who had tested positive for COVID-19, said county spokeswoman Samantha Field.
No details, including when the person died, were available.
“This is a reminder to everyone that we must all practice social distancing and good hygiene to protect the most vulnerable in our community,” Field said in an email.
This was the fourth caronavirus case in Madison County. Earlier Sunday, Madison County had reported it was up to three COVID-19 cases. Eric Faisst, the county’s director of public health, said those patients are recovering and under quarantine.
The Canastota Central School District reported that it had an employee who had tested positive. That person is recovering and had not come in contact with children, the district superintendent said.
Onondaga County has 45 confirmed coronavirus cases, 13 of those in the city of Syracuse. County Executive Ryan McMahon said four of those who tested positive are being hospitalized, one in critical condition. Six of the 45 were contracted from quarantine situations. Twenty-five are women, 20 are men, he said.
People under 30 make up the largest segment of people who’ve tested positive in Onondaga County.
Also Sunday, Oswego County reported its first two COVID-19 cases. The two are between 20 and 40 years old and had recently traveled.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said the state’s confirmed case count surpassed 15,000, with more than 100 deaths.
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