(PHOTO: Latimer at his daily briefing on Thursday, April 2, 2020. Media attends virtually in order to maintain social distancing.)
Westchester County resumed releasing local COVID-19 case numbers on Thursday, but with some important caveats. In his briefing Thursday afternoon, county boss and Rye guy George Latimer provided a detailed explanation in regards to how the numbers are collected and then disseminated. But here is the punchline – two thirds of the total number of positive COVID-19 cases being reported at the state level are “unknown” by local municipality. So the “official” local numbers represent only one third of the overall picture.
The number of official, reported positive COVID-19 cases in Rye has risen to 44 for Thursday, April 2, 2020. Now following the math – and not even accounting for the 1. lack of testing and 2. the overall delay in data collection – that number should already be in the neighborhood of 132.
Now do your own estimates to add additional multiples for #1 and #2 above and–well, I hope we can agree the numbers are troubling.
The new number for dead across Westchester County is 67.
“Today (Thu 4/2) I have 44 Rye City cases,” Latimer told MyRye.com in an email. “…we have only 1/3 of all cases identified by municipality- roughly 4,500 out of the 11,500 overall cases. I have no breakdown on the 344 Countywide hospitalized or the 67 countywide deaths.”
Here are the rest of the daily counts:
Briarcliff Manor 22
Dobbs Ferry 59
Mamaroneck Town 46
Mamaroneck Village 54
Mount Kisco 74
Mount Pleasant 99
Mount Vernon 428
New Castle 51
New Rochelle 527
North Castle 34
North Salem 5
Ossining Town 30
Ossining Village 220
Pelham Manor 27
Port Chester 190
Pound Ridge 4
Rye Brook 50
Rye City 44
Sleepy Hollow 68
White Plains 266
Westchester County Numbers
Total Number hospitalized (cumulative) 568
Total currently in hospital 344
Number of Hospitalized in Westchester 301
Number of Deaths 67
Town numbers reflect the unincorporated sections of the part of town outside villages within the town.
Numbers reflect the actual residents of the municipality, not “zip code” residents who live in an adjacent community.
Data lags state number by as much as 3 days, due to State release of data to the County only after the tested individual has been informed of their status.