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It’s Only Part of the Picture: 44 COVID-19 Cases in Rye as of Thursday, April 2, 2020 – 67 Dead in Westchester

George Latimer COVID-19 briefing April 2, 2020

(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:

Ardsley 26

Bedford 44

Briarcliff Manor 22

Bronxville 25

Buchanan 5

Cortlandt 155

Croton-on-Hudson 22

Dobbs Ferry 59

Eastchester 94

Elmsford 21

Greenburgh 206

Harrison 85

Hastings-on-Hudson 29

Irvington 23

Larchmont 19

Lewisboro 22

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

Peekskill 109

Pelham 30

Pelham Manor 27

Pleasantville 35

Port Chester 190

Pound Ridge 4

Rye Brook 50

Rye City 44

Scarsdale 102

Sleepy Hollow 68

Somers 43

Tarrytown 53

Tuckahoe 32

White Plains 266

Yonkers 939

Yorktown 136

Unknown 7,231

Westchester County Numbers

Total Number hospitalized (cumulative) 568
Total currently in hospital 344
Number of Hospitalized in Westchester 301
Number of Deaths 67
NOTE –

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.

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