CORONAVIRUS IN WESTCHESTER: Death toll tops 1,100 with 15 new fatalities, but active cases, hospitalizations continue to decline

Maya Rajamani
May 04, 2020 - 3:50 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Westchester County Executive George Latimer on Monday reported 15 new COVID-19 fatalities, but said the number of active cases in the county has dropped by nearly 50 percent in the past two weeks.

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    An additional 213 residents tested positive for COVID-19 overnight, bringing the total number of positive cases in the county to 30,097, Latimer said. Westchester’s death toll now stands at 1,101. 

    “What we’re seeing now is we’re losing less than 20 people a night,” Latimer said, calling the decrease in the number of deaths a “good sign.” “Every death is a tragedy — there’s nothing to minimize it by the numbers — but if you go back a number of weeks ago, we had days where we lost 40 people and 50 people overnight.” 

    Westchester currently has 5,791 active COVID-19 cases — a number that has been dropping continually for the past 25 days, Latimer said. On April 18, the county had more than 10,000 active cases. 

    “We’re approaching a 50 percent drop in the number of active cases,” he said. “Clearly we’re past the point of flattening the curve — we are now on the downside of the bell curve that we’ve had.” 

    Hospitalizations have also been dropping “day after day after day,” Latimer noted. As of Monday, 664 people in the county were hospitalized with the virus. 

    “That’s still a lot of individuals but if you go back… we had as many as 1,200 people that were hospitalized, three weeks ago,” he said. 

    Westchester County has now tested 100,272 people for COVID-19, or approximately 10 percent of its population, according to Latimer.

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