CORONAVIRUS IN WESTCHESTER: 3 new deaths mark lowest overnight toll since pandemic began

Maya Rajamani
May 19, 2020 - 8:01 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Westchester County Executive George Latimer reported 79 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths on Tuesday — the lowest overnight death toll the county has seen since the pandemic began, he said.

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    A total of 32,402 residents have now tested positive for COVID-19, and 1,298 have died, data released by the state health department Tuesday shows. 

    Active COVID-19 cases in Westchester have been on a “steady decline” over the past few weeks, Latimer said during his daily briefing Tuesday. 

    As of Tuesday, Westchester had 2,162 active cases — a drop of around 65 cases from Monday, he said. The county had 3,227 active cases a week ago; 5,500 on May 5; 8,054 on April 28; and 9,852 on April 21, he added. 

    Three Westchester County residents died of complications related to COVID-19 overnight Monday into Tuesday, Latimer said. Six residents died overnight Sunday into Monday. 

    “Those are still tragedies,” he said. “But it shows that we’re reducing the number of hospital deaths, we’re reducing the number of total active cases, we’re increasing the amount of testing that’s going on and we’re trying to put ourselves in as good a place as we can.”

    New York state’s Mid-Hudson Region, which includes Westchester County, still hasn’t met the benchmarks needed to start reopening, but Latimer on Tuesday said it was getting closer. 

    “That is not happening because of me, that is not happening, necessarily, because of government. That’s happening because we in this society have determined that we’re prepared to make certain sacrifices, and having made those sacrifices, we’re seeing the benefit of those sacrifices,” he said. 

    “And what we hope to do now is to try to balance the degree of sacrifice, and the degree of pulling out of this contagion so that we can try to reach a point at which we can resume more of a normal life in the things that we are doing,” he added.

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