Saturday, March 28

NYS update: According to Cuomo, one New Yorker is dying of coronavirus every seven minutes. As usual, Cuomo didn’t have any upstate-specific updates on offer, but for the general news that New York’s presidential primaries have moved to June 23 (and the NY-50 senate election here in the Syracuse area has also been postponed to then).

Today’s Onondaga County update: 146 positives (up 23 from yesterday), 20 hospitalized, 8 critical. Three have been released from the hospital. 2800 tests have been returned. 482 (including the 146 positives) are in isolation/quarantine. 76 of the positive cases are under 50 years of age. Onondaga County does not appear to have any “super spreader” situations.

Ryan McMahon says does not support a federally imposed quarantine of states and thinks this should be a governor’s decision, although he would discourage Onondaga County residents from traveling inside the state. Since Syracuse hospitals and infrastructure are doing well currently, he accepts the potential possibility of having to accept NYC patients as long as CNY/North Country patients are taken care of adequately. (Note: Syracuse being “frontline of CNY *and* the North Country” is a common daily theme with McMahon; he sees Syracuse as a broad regional center for 1 million people, not 460,000). He read another “mean e-mail” (not as funny as “Cameron”‘s the other day).

A short rather perfunctory press briefing, not really anything new and little comment or reporter question about the “party ban.” McMahon is doing a great job, however.   I’m not going to ask where he got the 60 ventilators.  I’m not going to make fun of him when he shows up in a windbreaker.  I don’t feel like criticizing anyone in this crisis (not even Cuomo), but I just don’t have any criticisms to make about this guy’s performance as county executive right now.    He speaks with clarity, patiently answers the same questions over and over, handles numbers and stats with aplomb, and just simply seems to know his stuff and has a thorough grasp of what the science is saying (although none of us quite know what to make of the data).

Granted, we don’t seem to be edging as close to dire meltdown as many other places in New York right now, so it’s probably easier to talk sense when your county’s doctors and nurses aren’t yet wearing trash bags for gowns and pull-ups for masks.  And during this period of time, we probably all can’t do much except seek local information, so I don’t know how the state’s other county leaders are doing or what they’re saying. But any of them could take lessons from this guy.  

In other news: two healthcare administrators in the Buffalo area have been fired or put on leave over their Facebook comments criticizing Donald Trump. Guess who’s behind it?

Laura Krolczyk, Roswell Park’s vice president for external affairs, was initially placed on administrative leave from her position but was fired following the conclusion of an investigation into her remarks, spokeswoman Annie Deck-Miller confirmed Saturday. Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute has placed Lisa LaTrovato, its director of development, on leave for her comments in the Facebook exchange with Krolczyk, the institute told The Buffalo News.

The institutions acted after the exchange between the two drew criticism once Republican operative Michael Caputo shared it widely through his Twitter account on Friday.

That’s right – a Republican who isn’t actually responsible for anything important.