(PHOTO: Matthew Honeycutt, VP of development for Feeding Westchester, appeared with Rye guy and Westchester County boss George Latimer during Latimer’s June 22, 2020 press briefing.)
For Monday, Westchester reported the following City of Rye numbers:
203 total COVID-19 cases since inception;
1 active COVID-19 cases (this assumes the remaining 202 have run the average two week contagion cycle and are no longer active);
0 new COVID-19 cases
Rye guy and Westchester County boss George Latimer held his COVID-19 briefing from the Michaelian Office Building in White Plains. Latimer appeared with Matthew Honeycutt, VP of development for Feeding Westchester and discussed the food insecurity issues that have increased dramatically in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Honeycutt said approximately 200,000 or 20% of Westchester residents were food insecure before the COVID-19 outbreak, with 30% of the total being children. Feeding Westchester believes these numbers have risen as much as 40% since the pandemic.
As part of its response, Westchester County Government has developed the Westchester Food Security Initiative (FSI), which will provide $3 million in additional support to food pantries, restaurants and food delivery programs through four different programs. The funding is comprised of Federal CARES Act funding with additional state and federal funding for the COVID-19 response. “The need is much more broad based during this crisis,” said Latimer.
The four programs include food pantries; food deliveries to home bound seniors and vulnerable populations; restaurant-based initiatives and the creation of a food security coordinator and updated database of food programs.
Residents who are in need of food support can also call Westchester County’s hotline at 866-588-0195, or 211.
Want to help? If you appreciate the hard work of our local police men and women, please consider supporting our RyeFIRST campaign to honor our first responders in Rye and help address food insecurity in Westchester County. Donations go directly to Feeding Westchester.
Just like everyone else, Latimer is looking at the NY State COVID-19 tracker for county and state level statistics on the pandemic and at the NY State regional monitoring dashboard to see our progress towards continued reopening.
Important to note expanded reporting now shows fatality data from all nursing homes in the State, including The Osborn in Rye.
The COVID-19 numbers:
Fatalities of Westchester residents:1,415
Fatalities at Westchester nursing homes – The Osborn Home in Rye is reporting six (6) confirmed COVID-19 deaths and six (6) presumed COVID-19 deaths thru June 20th (that’s no new confirmed deaths since the prior update). There is no data from Rye Manor or Vienna Senior Housing.)
Fatalities in Westchester: 1,546
Numbers of persons tested: 239,191
Tested positive: 34,557
% Positive results: 14.4%
Persons tested today: 3,794
New positives today: 36