(PHOTO: Rye guy and Westchester County boss George Latimer during his April 15, 2020 press briefing on COVID-19.)
Westchester County is reporting 98 COVID-19 positive cases in Rye as of Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
During his COVID-19 briefing Wednesday, Rye guy and county boss George Latimer spent time on the economic impacts of COVID-19 on government, businesses and individuals. “This is a fiscal disaster,” said Latimer. He announced Westchester Forward- Phase 1, actions that will reduce the spending in the 2020 county budget by $21 million to begin to deal with the fiscal impacts of societal shutdown accompanying the pandemic.
Latimer said: “Since we do not know when our society will resume a ‘normal’ economic mode, we can’t be sure how deep the loss of revenues will be. Depending on factors beyond our control, we may lose between $90 million to $160 million in revenue, a huge impact to our $2.1 billion budget. Even the smaller estimate will be devastating; the larger loss estimate will be beyond catastrophic.”
Just like everyone else, Latimer is looking at the NY State COVID-19 tracker for county and state level statistics on the pandemic. The COVID-19 numbers:
- Fatalities of Westchester residents: 640
- Fatalities at Westchester nursing homes: 187 (update not available, data as of 4/13)
- Fatalities at Westchester adult care facilities: 36 (update not available, data as of 4/13)
- Fatalities in Westchester: 708
- Numbers of persons tested: 62,626
- Tested positive: 20,947
- % Positive results: 33.4%
- Persons tested today: 2,019
- New positives today: 756