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LatimerZoomWestchester County Executive George Latimer Provides Daily Press Briefings on Zoom

We listened in on a press conference with Westchester County Executive George Latimer on Tuesday April 7.

At the time, he believed that the contagion and death seemed to be slowing though it is too early to tell.

As of Tuesday April 7, 14,804 had tested positive for Covid 19 in Westchester County – out of 46,701 tested. He called these numbers “comparable to other suburban counties.”

Also as of Tuesday, 283 Westchester residents had died, a fatality rate of 1.9%. According to Latimer, 80% of those diagnosed are able to overcome the virus.

About hospital beds, Latimer said that there were currently 1,056 people in the hospital, which the county could manage. If this rate climbs, more beds will be needed. The Westchester County Center will be online one week from Friday and will have another 100 beds. Volunteers to staff that facility. The county has already heard from 126 nurses and 17 doctors who volunteered to help.

Flags at Half Mast:
Latimer reported that flags throughout the County have been lowered to half mast and will remain at half-mast for the length of the crisis.

Small Business ApplicationsCountyApril 8As of April 8, 128 Tested Positive in Scarsdale.
The county is also looking for volunteers to help small businesses apply for the federal loan funds that are available. Latimer said, it is “not easy to file the paperwork and that may be an obstacle to getting the money. Trained volunteers could help.

Parks
Westchester County Parks are open for the remaining winter season, including the golf courses. He believes these are safe because people practice social distancing however, Rockland County has closed their parks. Latimer said of now, the county was not planning to open Rye Playland, the county beaches or pools as these would have “active uses” and not be safe. He also said that the ethnic festivals at the Kensico Dam would not be scheduled as they would be “unmanageable.”

He ended by saying, “We will never forget the spring of 2020 – let’s hope we’re all here in the spring of 2021 to enjoy it.”

CountyCases2The map above was provided by County Executive George Latimer.Two deaths were reported in Scarsdale last week. Due to patient privacy laws, the cause of death was not provided for either case.

On April 1 at 4:04 in the afternoon, an 87 year-old woman died at the Ambassador on Saxon Woods Road in Scarsdale.

On April 4 at 7:47 in the morning an 82 year-old resident of Overlook Road advised that her 93 year-old husband had passed away. No further details were provided and there were “no signs of criminality.”

On Monday April 6, County Executive George Latimer released the following data about Coronavirus in Westchester County:

-Total number hospitalized (cumulative) 718
-Total currently in hospital                       377
-Number hospitalized in Westchester County 345
-Number of deaths (updated last April 4 by New York State) 211

SMGHow many of your neighbors are infected with the virus? It's a question on our minds. Now we know. On the evening of March 23, 2020 Greenburgh Town Supervisor released the following numbers about the local COVID-19 outbreak.

According to Feiner to date 20,875 people in New York State have tested positive for the virus and 157 people have died. The 20,875 cases are a 57.07% increase from Sunday. He also shared that 2,635 people have been hospitalized with 621 in intensive care.

Here are the number of positives by town in our area:

Unincorporated Greenburgh 43
Mt. Vernon 70
New Rochelle 223
Scarsdale 35
Yonkers 145
White Plains 54

In Westchester County, there are 2,894 people testing positive. This count is from the New York State Department of Health.

It also appears that the Scarsdale Medical Group on Heathcote Road has set up an outdoor area to test or triage Corona patients. We inquired about how residents can get tested but received no response. If you have details please comment below or email us at scarsdalecomments@gmail.com.

WPHCommunityMessageAs White Plains Hospital meets the demand of an influx of COVID-19 patients, its teams are working around the clock to heal the sick and prevent the spread of disease.

The hospital has been flooded with an outpouring of community support—whether it’s donated food, supplies, or heartfelt tributes. More people are reaching out every day to ask “How can I help?”

Here's a community outreach opportunity that’s available to everyone and would mean so much at this time.

A messaging frame is available to all via download here. People can use it to write a message, draw a picture or get creative to celebrate these essential frontline workers. These messages can be shared on social media with #WPHCommunityLove, and emailed to: wphcmail@wphospital.org or mailed to: White Plains Hospital Community Love, 101 East Post Road, White Plains, NY 10601.

All messages will be on display at the Hospital for all frontline workers to read during shift changes and breaks. In addition, those wishing to make a donation to the Hospital during this critical time can do so here: https://www.wphospital.org/covid19help

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GovernorCuomoThe number of positive cases of Coronavirus in Westchester County climbed from 538 on March 18 to 798 on Friday March 20. Westchester County is second in the state to NYC where the count has jumped to almost 4,000. As a result, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new restrictions calling them “the most drastic actions he can take.”

On Friday March 20 Cuomo said, “I will sign an Executive Order mandating that 100% of workforce must stay home, excluding essential services. This order excludes pharmacies, grocery stores, and others. This goes into effect on Sunday night March 21 at 8 pm.”

He recommended that seniors over 70, immuno compromised people and those with underlying illness do the following:

-Remain indoors to the greatest extent possible.
-Go outside for solitary exercise
-Pre-screen all visitors by taking their temperatures
-Wear a mask when in the company of others and ask everyone in their presence to wear a mask.
-Stay six feet away from individuals
-Do not take public transportation unless it is urgent and absolutely necessary.

For others he said outdoor exercise should be solitary and barred any group activities like ball games.

All barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing salons, nail salons, hair removal services and related personal care services will be closed to the public effective Saturday, March 21 at 8:00PM.

Casinos, gyms, theaters are closed until further notice. Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout can be ordered during the period of closure.

The Governor said these provisions will be legally enforced and there will be fines for those who violate them.

New York State is waiving all park fees in state, local and county parks.

Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.

Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.

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