Syracuse, N.Y. – Emergency dispatchers in Onondaga County took roughly 1,000 extra calls about psychological misery or potential suicide throughout 2020 than they did the 12 months earlier than.
County Government Ryan McMahon stated the rise stems from the stress and isolation of the pandemic. Thus far in 2021, psychological well being calls are up 15% from the already elevated price in 2020.
“Lots of people are struggling,’’ McMahon stated. “Now we have seen an incredible uptick in psychological well being calls and suicide calls.’’
McMahon urged anybody who wants help to name 211 or the nationwide suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. All age teams have been affected, he stated.
“We’ve been via a whole lot of trauma as a group, and individually in all of our personal lives,’’ he stated. “The isolation has had an impression.’’
What about Saturday’s recreation?
McMahon at present stated he has heard nothing new from state officers who’ve been requested to waive the mandatory 11 p.m. closing time for bars and eating places Saturday. The Syracuse College males’s basketball group performs within the NCAA Match at 9:55 p.m. that evening.
McMahon stated he couldn’t predict whether or not state officers would problem a waiver on the final minute.
McMahon at present reiterated his name for state well being officers to loosen the age restrictions on who can obtain Covid-19 vaccines. County officers have extra capability to present photographs than they’re utilizing, he stated.
McMahon desires to see the minimal age lowered from 50 to 18.
“The very best factor to do is allow us to vaccinate everyone on this group,’’ he stated. Thus far, greater than 155,000 county residents – or 43% of adults – have been vaccinated, he stated.
Earlier this week, county officers arrange a ready checklist for individuals 40-50 years outdated who shall be first in line when vaccines develop into obtainable. There are solely about 3,000 individuals on the checklist. Right this moment, McMahon opened it to anyone 30 or older.
The demand for vaccines has gone down, partially as a result of provides are extra plentiful, lowering the variety of photographs delivered every day at county vaccine clinics and making them much less environment friendly.
“I’ve vaccine within the freezer. I’m having a tough time getting it into arms,’’ McMahon stated.
Syracuse University today started offering free shuttles to the Oncenter vaccine clinic for college kids who’re eligible for photographs primarily based on their employment or well being standing. McMahon stated it’s essential to vaccinate everybody who desires a shot as rapidly as doable so officers can transfer on to focus on people who find themselves more durable to achieve.
New Covid instances
County well being officers at present confirmed 68 new instances of the novel coronavirus since Wednesday. About 74% the brand new instances concerned individuals below 40, McMahon stated.
The constructive check price, averaged over the previous seven days, remained at 0.8%, McMahon stated.
A lady in her 80s died of the virus since Wednesday, McMahon stated. A complete of 688 county residents have died of the virus.
There are 30 Covid-19 sufferers in Syracuse hospitals at present. Eight of the sufferers are in intensive care.