Remember that Rye guy and Westchester County boss George Latimer moved his COVID-19 briefings from daily to now twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays (this week the first briefing was on Tuesday since Monday was a holiday and the second update this week is expected Friday). So no briefing on the other weekdays, but we do expect to continue to post daily COVID-19 counts for Rye and Westchester County for the foreseeable future.
On Tuesday, Latimer said starting February 28th the County will lower flags through Wednesday, March 3rd to recognize the one year battle against COVID. Index patient one was discovered in New Rochelle on March 3, 2020. Also on March 3rd there will be a ceremony at the County office building in White Plains at 11am, followed by a moment of silence at 12pm and a ringing of bells. At 7pm on March 3rd, the County is encouraging an outdoor applause effort where people will step out of their homes to honor first responders by clapping and banging pots and pans.
For Tuesday, February 16, 2021, Westchester reported the following City of Rye numbers via the County COVID dashboard.
1,054 total COVID-19 cases since inception;
60 active COVID-19 cases (this assumes the remaining 994 have run the average two week contagion cycle and are no longer active);
5 new COVID-19 cases
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 reopening.
The COVID-19 numbers:
Fatalities of Westchester residents: 2,031
Fatalities at Westchester nursing homes – The Osborn Home in Rye is reporting eight (8) confirmed COVID-19 nursing home deaths, two (2) COVID Confirmed Out of Facility Deaths of NH Residents (Hospital-Other), six (6) presumed COVID-19 nursing home deaths and one (1) COVID-19 adult care facility death and four (4) COVID Confirmed Out of Facility
Deaths of ALF Residents (Hospital-Other) thru February 15th.
Fatalities in Westchester: 2,198
Numbers of persons tested: 1,944,742
Tested positive: 102,197
% Positive results: 5.3%
Persons tested today: 7,727
New positives today: 381