(PHOTO: Latimer telling residents to get on the bus both literally and proverbially during his weekly COVID briefing.)
(PHOTO: Rye guy and Westchester County boss George Latimer during his August 31, 2020 press briefing.)
For Monday, Westchester reported the following City of Rye numbers:
224 total COVID-19 cases since inception;
4 active COVID-19 cases (this assumes the remaining 220 have run the average two week contagion cycle and are no longer active);
0 new COVID-19 case
Rye guy and Westchester County boss George Latimer held his weekly COVID-19 briefing from the Liberty Lines bus depot in Valhalla. Latimer announced the Westchester County Bee-Line bus system will resume standard operation, resuming front door boarding on all buses starting September 8th.
Additionally, all 325 buses are now outfitted with protective barriers that provide floor-to-ceiling plastic sheeting around bus operators. This new phase will effectively end the COVID response phase, where customers were not charged to ride, that began on March 23.
(PHOTO: A new PSA shows Latimer washing his hands while singing happy birthday.)
Latimer also premiered two PSAs aimed toward encouraging Westchester residents to remember the importance of washing your hands and always wearing your mask. The handwashing video features singing appearances by Latimer, Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins, Board of Legislators Chairman Ben Boykin, Legislator Kitley Covill and Legislator Vedat Gashi.
Just like everyone else, county executives look 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: 1,452
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 August 29th (that’s no new confirmed deaths since the prior update). There is no data from Rye Manor or Vienna Senior Housing.)
Fatalities in Westchester: 1,584
Numbers of persons tested: 530,614
Tested positive: 36,984
% Positive results: 7.0%
Persons tested today: 4,143
New positives today: 35