Two Minutes to Remember: Daily Mail shares personal video Coronavirus sufferer in west London Hospital ICU. She Warns “not to take chances”. Video shows the true extent of how painful this illness is.

WPCNR CORONAVIRUS REPORT. From the Daily Mail. March 20, 2020:

The Daily Mail in a story you can read at https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8131269/Fit-healthy-gym-goer-39-struggles-breathe-coronavirus.html gives us a brave woman’s personal effort to educate persons to take all precautions to prevent getting this harrowing disease.

The Mail published a video available to view below of Tara Jane Langston, 39, hospitalized last Friday and diagnosed with coronavirus the next day. She posted the video on her Facebook.

She made a video of herself in the ICU unit. She is barely understandable, and pleads with persons “not to take a chance” or you could end up in ICU in her condition. It is harrowing to watch.

Do not delude yourself figuring coronavirus is a bad case of the flu is what I take from seeing this sequence. It is two minutes you will never forget.

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MAYOR ROACH CLOSES SPORTS, PLAYGROUND FACILITIES THROUGHOUT THE CITY. PARKS OPEN FOR SOLITARY RECREATION ONLY. ONLY ESSENTIAL DRIVING PERMITTED IN HIS FRIDAY NIGHTLY STATE OF THE CITY MESSAGE.

WPCNR CORONAVIRUS REPORT. From White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach. 8 PM MARCH 20,2020:

The numbers released by NY State today indicate Westchester County now has 1091 cases of which 293 are new. (Editor’s Note: There were 200 Westchester cases Monday.)

39 people are currently hospitalized in the county, none in critical condition.

The numbers reflect the increase in numbers of people who are being tested and the spread of the contagion reinforcing the importance of social distancing. We have no White Plains specific numbers as the county is working to improve the provision of these numbers. They are not providing community specific numbers until Monday. When we receive them we will share them with you.

As has been widely reported Governor Cuomo announced new pandemic response policies today, among them are the following:

Effective tomorrow night, Saturday, at 8pm, the Governor Cuomo has ordered all hair and nail salons, tattoo and piercing parlors and related personal care salons to close.

100% of the non-essential business workforce must stay home. This is a state-wide, executive order that mandates the closure of all non-essential businesses.

This provision, and a ban on non-essential travel will go into effect Sunday evening. Purchasing food, medicine, or to obtain medical care qualifies as essential travel.

Essential workers include those working in food stores, pharmacies, public safety, and the medical professions.

I have issued an executive order closing

  • Playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts and platform tennis courts

Parks will remain open only for solitary recreation, such as walking and hiking. But starting tomorrow Saturday morning playgrounds will be closed and fields will remain closed for group sports and activities.

The Childcare Council of Westchester is assessing the need to provide temporary or backup FREE childcare for essential workers. Please call the Council at 914-761-3456 x 140 and leave a message or visit https://www.childcarewestchester.org/

Local grocers have adjusted their hours for vulnerable shoppers, including the elderly. These are times when just vulnerable shoppers will be able to shop.

Stop & Shop – 154 Westchester Avenue: 6:00am – 7:30am

Shoprite – City Center: 6:00am – 7:00am

Whole Foods – 110 Bloomingdale Road: 8:00am-9:00am and 8:00pm -9:00pm an hour on each side of their regular hours.

Today the Governor indicated that as new restrictions have been applied it has been like the tightening of a valve. The restrictions announced today represent the closing of that valve.

A message for our young people. The schools were closed for a reason. Should you choose to gather on your own you are defeating the purpose of that closure.

There has never been a generation better equipped to communicate with each other without being physically together. Don’t stop now! We need everyone, of every age to commit to social distancing, for your benefit and the benefit of the community. By doing so you will be saving lives and helping to bring this pandemic to a close.

Remember we are standing together by staying apart!

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Governor Cuomo Issues Guidance on Essential Services as New York Is “On Pause” Effective 8 PM SUNDAY. Confirms 2,950 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 7,102; New Cases in 23 Counties

Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced he is signing the “New York State on PAUSE” executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone. It includes a new directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22. Guidance on essential services under the executive order is as follows:

ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES OR ENTITIES, including any for profit or non-profit, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or its corporate or entity structure, are not subject to the in-person restriction.

(Essential Businesses must continue to comply with the guidance and directives for maintaining a clean and safe work environment issued by the Department of Health).

This guidance is issued by the New York State Department of Economic Development d/b/a Empire State Development and applies to each business location individually and is intended to assist businesses in determining whether they are an essential business and steps to request such designation. With respect to business or entities that operate or provide both essential and non-essential services, supplies or support, only those lines and/or business operations that are necessary to support the essential services, supplies, or support are exempt from the restrictions. 

For purposes of Executive Order 202.6, “Essential Business,” means:

1. Essential Health Care Operations, Including:

  • research and laboratory services
  • hospitals
  • walk-in-care health facilities
  • emergency veterinary and livestock services
  • elder care
  • medical wholesale and distribution
  • home health care workers or aides for the elderly
  • doctor and emergency dental
  • nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
  • medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers

2. Essential Infrastructure, Including:

  • utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission
  • public water and wastewater
  • telecommunications and data centers
  • airports/airlines
  • transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garages
  • hotels, and places of accommodation

3. Essential Manufacturing, Including:

  • food processing, manufacturing agents, including all foods and beverages
  • chemicals
  • medical equipment/instruments
  • pharmaceuticals
  • sanitary products
  • telecommunications
  • microelectronics/semi-conductor
  • agriculture/farms
  • household paper products

4. Essential Retail, Including:

  • grocery stores including all food and beverage stores
  • pharmacies
  • convenience stores
  • farmer’s markets
  • gas stations
  • restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
  • hardware and building material stores

5. Essential Services, Including:

  • trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
  • mail and shipping services
  • laundromats
  • building cleaning and maintenance
  • child care services
  • auto repair
  • warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
  • funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
  • storage for essential businesses
  • animal shelters

6. News Media

7. Financial Institutions, Including:

  • banks
  • insurance
  • payroll
  • accounting
  • services related to financial markets

8. Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations, Including:

  • homeless shelters and congregate care facilities
  • food banks
  • human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support

9. Construction, Including:

  • skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers 
  • other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes

10. Defense

  • defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government

11. Essential Services Necessary to Maintain the Safety, Sanitation and Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses, Including:

  • law enforcement
  • fire prevention and response
  • building code enforcement
  • security
  • emergency management and response
  • building cleaners or janitors
  • general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor
  • automotive repair
  • disinfection

12. Vendors that Provide Essential Services or Products, Including Logistics and Technology Support, Child Care and Services:

  • logistics
  • technology support for online services
  • child care programs and services
  • government owned or leased buildings
  • essential government services

If the function of your business is not listed above, but you believe that it is essential or it is an entity providing essential services or functions, you may request designation as an essential business.

Houses of worship are not ordered closed however it is strongly recommended no congregate services be held and social distance maintained. 

Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet.

Requests by businesses to be designated an essential function as described above, should only be made if they are NOT covered by the guidance.

To request designation as an essential business, please click here.

Restrictions on requesting designation as an essential business:

  • Any business that only has a single occupant/employee (i.e. gas station) has been deemed exempt and need not submit a request to be designated as an essential business.
  • Businesses ordered to close on Monday, March 15, 2020 under the restrictions on any gathering with 50 or more participants, including but not limited to, bars, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, casinos, auditoriums, concerts, conferences, worship services, sporting events, and physical fitness centers, are presumed to be compliant with NYS issued restrictions and must remain closed and are not eligible for designation as an essential business for purposes of this guidance. 

For Guidance on cleaning and disinfection of facilities, refer to the New York State Department of Health Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID -19 at: 

http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/docs/cleaning_guidance _general_building.pdf.

For further information: New York State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Webpage https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Webpage:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

Local health department contact information can be found at: https://www.health.ny.gov/contact/contact_information/index.htm

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK MARCH 20 PROGRAM CORONAVIRUS REPORT on wpcommunitymedia.org and YOUTUBE AT

JOHN BAILEY AND THE NEWS ON

COMMON COUNCIL APPROVES AGREEMENT THAT COUNTY APPROVES ALL INFORMATION THE CITY CAN PUBLISH ON THE CORONAVIRUS PRESENCE

GOVERNOR CUOMO ON MENTALLY HANDLING CORONAVIRUS ISOLATION AND PRESSURES; HOW HE WILL FIX THE STATE DECLINE IN REVENUES; AND A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO YOUTH WITH THE GOVERNOR’S DAUGHTER
THE DEVELOPMENTS

COUNTY COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH DR.SHERLITA AMLER ON THE NEED TO KEEP DISTANCE FROM OTHERS AND WASH HANDS FREQUENTLY

COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER ON THE SEARCH FOR NEW HOSPITAL CONVERSION SITES to provide more beds

SEE WHITE PLAINS WEEK ON YOUTUBE AT THE LINK BELOW

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More Information on County Day Care Arrangements from County Legislator Ben Boykin

During this time of great need in Westchester County, the school districts in Westchester, in conjunction with New York State and Westchester County Government, are opening their doors to the children of healthcare workers and first responders so that those on the front lines can continue to do their jobs that benefit all of us. 

White Plains is offering Day Care for the children of these workers at  Post Road Elementary School between 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

For the greater good, all school districts in Westchester County are now providing childcare for children ages 5-12 for healthcare workers and first responders (police, fire, EMS, corrections officers and all public health workers) with no other childcare options. 

IMPORTANT: Those who would like to drop off a child must provide proof of employment (such as work ID) at child drop-off.  

The service is available to all County residents, and those healthcare workers and first responders who live outside of Westchester County but work in the County. 

This service is provided regardless if your child attends a private school or a public school. 

Hours are from 8a.m. – 6p.m. five days a week.

The children that participate will be separated into groups of 10-12 children, social distancing will be practiced.  Each child will have their temperature taken when they are dropped off and no children with any flu-like symptoms may attend. Each room will have an aid and/or teacher present as well as a nurse. The program will be assigned a full time administrator.*Residents should contact districts directly for more information.*

  • Ardsley: Concord Road Elementary School
  • Bedford: Mount Kisco Elementary School
  • Blind Brook: Bruno M Ponterio Ridge Street School
  • Bronxville: Bronxville Elementary School
  • Byram Hills: Armonk Children’s Corner
  • Croton-Harmon: Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School
  • Dobbs Ferry: Coordinated with existing after-school program at Springhurst Elementary School
  • Edgemont: Edgemont High School
  • Greenburgh – North Castle: Kenneth B. Clark Academy
  • Harrison: Harrison Elementary School
  • Hastings on Hudson:
    • Pre-K to 4th Grade: Hillside Elementary School;
    • 5th and 6th Grade: Farragut Middle School
  • Hendrick Hudson: Hendrick Hudson Elementary School
  • Irvington: Dows Lane Elementary School
  • Katonah – Lewisboro: Elementary School
  • Mount Vernon: Holmes Elementary School
    • Additional childcare resources will be provided at Macedonian Baptist Church; Mount Vernon Heights Congregational Church and Allen Memorial Church or the Church of God in Christ
  • New Rochelle: City School District of New Rochelle’s District Offices (second floor of New Rochelle City Hall)
  • Ossining: Park Elementary School
  • Peekskill: Uriah Hill Elementary Schools
  • Pelham: Siwanoy and Hutchinson Elementary School(s)
  • Pocantico Hills:
  • Rye City: Rye High School or Rye Middle School
  • Somers: Somers Intermediate School
  • Tarrytown: John Paulding Elementary School
  • Valhalla: Easter Seals or Valhalla Middle/High School
  • Yonkers: Each site may accommodate 2-3 classes of 10 students aged 4-12
    • Casimir Pulaski School – 150 Kings Cross, Scarsdale
    • Montessori School 31 – 7 Ravenswood Rd
    • School 17 – 745 Midland Ave
  • Yorktown: Yorktown High School between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Provisions for the younger children (0-5 years-old) in the County are still being fleshed out.  Additional details will be shared when plans are finalized.Please forward this e-news to family and friends who may be interested in this information.

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GOVERNOR CUOMO, PRESIDENT TRUMP AT WORK ON CORONAVIRUS: SPREAD OF NEW CASES RISES IN NYC,MOVES UPSTATE EXPECTED.


Exceptions Made For Essential Services

Announces 90-Day Mortgage Relief for New Yorkers, Including Waived Mortgage Payments Based on Financial Hardship and No Negative Reporting to Credit Bureaus – Waived Fees for Overdrafts, ATMs and Credit Cards

New DFS regulation to free up staff and speed hospital admission and discharge process

Implements New Regulations and Waives Department of Health Rules to Add Hospital Bed Capacity

Confirms 1,769 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 4,152; New Cases in 30 Counties

WPCNR CORONAVIRUS REPORT. From the Governor’s Press Office and City of White Plains. March 19, 2020:

In Westchester County Thursday evening at 8 PM, White Plains Mayor Tom Roach in his nightly call to White Plains residents stated that Westchester County now has 798 cases of persons with coronavirus, 260 new cases. He said there were 18 cases in White Plains, but cautioned there is a “lag” between the County retrieving case figures from the state and furnishing it to the Mayors of Cities and towns. The Mayor said the county was “working on it” (closing the reporting time lag with the state).

The Mayor reported both White Plains Malls: The Galleria and The Westchester would close at 8 last night. The Mayor said that Target and Shoprite and Barnes & Noble in the City Center would remain open, because Target and Shoprite were essential services (pharmacies and food) and Barnes & Noble was the street level entrance to that level. Mayor encouraged residents to keep their distance from each other and “Stand Together by Standing Apart.”

Governor Cuomo this afternoon chronicled the ongoing war against the Coronavirus:

“Let me make a couple of points if I can today. Again, the context perspective is probably what’s most important. Coronavirus is a critical governmental situation. It’s a public health crisis. Government has to respond to it and that’s what the coverage is all about.

It is a war in many ways and government has to mobilize as if it is a war. Federal government is now engaged in a way they haven’t been. I think that is very good news. I worked in the federal government. I was cabinet secretary. I’m one of the more senior governors in the nation. I know what a state can do. I know what the federal government can do and states don’t fight wars. They did it one time in this nation’s history. It was a tragedy. The federal government has the capacity to mobilize the way we need society to mobilize today.

I’ve had numerous conversations with the President. I spoke with him again last night. He is mobilizing. He is mobilizing the federal government. We had a number of meetings with different federal officials yesterday and I think that is the best positive sign that the federal government is actually stepping up to the plate.

You will see that this has been diagnosed, pardon the pun, as a healthcare crisis from moment one. This has always been about one thing: reducing the rate of spread so the health care system can manage it and it’s been a question of math and projections and it is still exactly that – can we get the spread down to a rate that the health care system can manage.

What is going to be the issue in the health care system? It’s going to be the number of hospital beds. It’s going to be the amount of protective equipment and most of all it’s going to come down to ventilators, a piece of equipment that up until now was relatively inconsequential but when you have respiratory illnesses and then there is volume of respiratory illnesses all of a sudden the number of ventilators becomes critical.

Just to give you a sense of scope, we have about 5,000, 6,000 ventilators that we can identify. We need about 30,000 ventilators. This is a nationwide problem. I was on the phone with the governors from the other states with the National Governors Association yesterday. Every state is shopping for ventilators. We’re shopping for ventilators. We literally have people in China shopping for ventilators which is one of the largest manufacturers.

So this is a major problem. It’s an issue that the federal government can actually play a very constructive role. It’s something called the Federal Defense Procurement Act where the federal government can basically order companies to produce certain materials and we’re going to need protective equipment in hospitals. We’re going to need protective equipment and hospitals. We are going to need ventilators. And that is something that a state can’t do but the federal government can do. As this has gone on, we said we are fighting a war on two fronts. We are fighting the virus and we are fighting fear. And they are two totally different situations that you have to deal with. In many ways, the fear is more dangerous than the virus.

I started working on disasters, emergency situations, when I was in my thirties. My first experience was Hurricane Andrew in Homestead, Florida. And I felt it, I saw on the ground what happens when people panic. And the panic and the fear is as dangerous or more dangerous than the hurricane. I have seen it in floods. I have seen it in fires. We now have misinformation and fear and panic, which is as contagious or more contagious than the virus. And we have to deal with both of them.

I have had some conversations that are just irrational with people who heretofore were wholly rational. I had a conversation last night with a businessperson from New York City, who I know, who was panicked that New York City was going to be locked down, that there were going to be roadblocks, that there were going to be mandatory quarantines. He was going to be imprisoned in his house. And I said where did you hear that? “Well, that’s what they say. That is what I am hearing.” And I was saying I would know, right? Because I would have to authorize those actions legally. It is not going to happen. “Well, I hear it is going to happen.” But I would have to do it and I am telling you I am not doing it. It must have taken me 25 minutes just to slow him down to hear the information.

When you get that emotional, that fearful, you literally don’t process information the same way. We have to be very aware of that. Clear communication from everyone, from our friends in the media, from healthcare professionals, from all elected officials, clear communication, consistent communication because misinformation, emotion, fear, panic, is truly more dangerous than the virus at this position in my opinion. Because the facts on the virus we know, we watched it from China, South Korea. We studied it here, we know the numbers. It is exactly what we said it was. It is exactly what we said it was from day one. We talked about the increased spread. We talked about the vulnerable populations – seniors, compromised immune systems, people with underlying illnesses.

So we know what this virus does, we know how it communicates, and we know how to deal with it. It is not going to be easy. It is not going to be pretty. But we know the trajectory of the virus. Let’s just take a deep breath and make sure we are all we’re acting on facts as opposed to acting on fear. When you act on fear, then you’re in a dangerous place. The facts we can handle.

Let me give you a couple of the new facts today. Just to recap, we said we have a plan of action and there are three steps. Flatten the curve, slow the spread, increase the current hospital capacity, and number three, identify new hospital beds. Do them all at the same time, which is the challenge. Make government work, mobilize, operationalize, get it all done, get it all done today. On density reduction, this is a data driven decision. Look at the increase in the number of cases, look at the hospital capacity, and do adjust and do everything you can to slow the increase of the spread so that your hospital system can deal with the growth. We’ve been taking increasing steps on density reduction because the numbers have been increasing. Again, this is driven by science and by data.

We said voluntary work from home, mandatory closing of schools statewide, mandatory of state and local workforce, mandatory tristate agreement on bars, restaurants, and gyms. Mandatory in-office workforce cut by 50%. We said that yesterday. The numbers have gone up overnight. I’m going to increase the density control today. No more than 25% of people can be in the workforce. Yesterday was 50%, we’re reducing it again, except the essential services that we spoke about yesterday. That means 75% of the workforce must stay at home and work from home. Again, voluntarily, I’m asking all businesses to have people work from home. As a mandate, 75% of your employee base must work from home.

In terms of increasing current hospital capacity, our current hospital capacity is about 50,000 beds statewide. Majority of those beds are in downstate New York. Commissioner Zucker is working with the hospital industry. He’s going to put out new regulations assessing how many more beds we can get in our existing hospitals. Waiving Department of Health rules, waiving Department of Financial Service rules, how many more beds can we get in those hospitals? We’re working on that aggressively.

At the same time, identifying new hospital beds. The Army Corps of Engineers was with us yesterday (Wednesday). We had a very good meeting. We’re looking at sites across the state to find existing facilities that could expeditiously be turned into healthcare facilities. Again, I said the federal response is very welcome. I want to thank the President. He said he would bring the Army Corps of Engineers here, they came here the next day. I spoke to him last night to follow up on the meeting.

So, this is going forward aggressively. We’re also going to take a bold action, but a necessary action offering 90 day relief on mortgage payments. Waiving mortgage payments based on financial hardship. Meaning if you are not working, if you’re working only part-time, we’re going to have the banks and financial institutions waive mortgage payments for 90 days – that will be a real life economic benefit, it will also be a stress reliever for families.

Waiving these payments will not have a negative effect on your credit report, there will be a grace period for loan modification, we’re not exempting people from the mortgage people, we are just adjusting the mortgage to include those payments on the back end, no late fees or online payment fees. Postponing or suspending any foreclosures during this period of time and waiving fees for overdrafts, ATM credit cards. This is a real life benefit, people are under tremendous economic pressure, making a mortgage payment can be one of the number one stressors. Eliminating that stressor for 90 days I think will go a long way. Again, we’ll reassess as the situation goes on if that should be extended or not.

Number of positive cases – total positive 4,000. Number of new positive 1,769. You see additional counties that are being added to counties that have cases, spread mirrors what is happening in the country just as the spread is going through all states, the spread is going through our counties. It was downstate first, it’s now moving upstate.

New York now has 2,000 cases, Washington State, 1,100 cases. Washington State had cases earlier because it went through a nursing home if you remember, but New York State has more cases than Washington State. More cases than any state in the nation, and I’ve made that point to the federal government and the president and he understands that if there’s a state that needs help, the state by the number of cases is New York.

In terms of testing, we have tested now 22,000 – we tested 7,500 people last night. Why are you seeing the numbers go up? Because you are taking more tests. People see those numbers go up, they get nervous, they panic, “Oh look how many more people have the virus.” That’s not how many more people have the virus. You’re just taking more tests so you’re finding more positives.

There are thousands and thousands of people who have the virus who we’re not testing – there were thousands and thousands of people who had the virus before we started testing. There are thousands and thousands of people who had the virus and resolved and never knew they had the virus. We’re still testing because you want to find those positive cases, track them down, isolate people and stop the spread.

But you can’t watch these numbers like the stock market and say, “Well that’s the indicator of anything other than how many tests we’re taking.” It is good news that we’re now up to 7,500 tests. We were at one time doing 200 tests per day – just to put that 7,500 in focus – so that’s a tremendous increase in the number of tests and you’re going to see the numbers go up.

The hospitalization rate is very relevant because remember this is all about the flow into the health care system. So 777 out of 4152, perspective, perspective, perspective. We know the virus. We know what it does. We know it hurts. We know who it effects. Johns Hopkins, since day one, has tracked this virus through China, 222,000 cases, 9,000 deaths, 84,000 recoveries, 129,000 pending.

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County Announces Day Care Locations in Each School District for First Responders/Health Care Workers and Food Service Locations

WPCNR CORONAVIRUS REPORT. From Chris Burdick, Bedford Town Supervisor. March 19, 2020:

Chris Burdick, the Beford Town Supervisor has shared the following from Westchester County:

“Westchester County has developed its childcare/food distribution plan in consultation with our school districts. The plan is structured to respond to the needs of our health care workers and first responders.

The majority of our health care workers reside in the cities; our plan accounts for that but is geographically balanced across the county.

At our direction, each of the following school districts, based on size, has identified three classrooms that will be available from 8am to 6pm to provide childcare to Westchester’s first responders and health care workers.

Each room will hold between ten (10) and twelve (12) kids. No children with any flue type symptom may attend. Each room will have an aid and/or teacher present and a nurse/WCC nursing student. The program will be assigned a full time administrator. The County will work with SED and these school districts on curriculum.

IN White Plains: Post Road Elementary School between 9:00 am – 3:00 pm · for day care.

White Plains will also distribute breakfast and lunch to its students starting Monday, March 23rd between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm: o White Plains High School Field House parking lot o Church Street parking lot o Rochambeau High School lot

· Ardsley: Concord Road Elementary School ·

Bedford: Mount Kisco Elementary School ·

Blind Brook: Bruno M Ponterio Ridge Street School ·

Bronxville: Bronxville Elementary School ·

Byram Hills: Armonk Children’s Corner ·

Croton-Harmon: [] ·

Dobbs Ferry: Coordinated with existing after-school program at Springhurst Elementary School ·

Edgemont: Edgemont High School ·

Greenburgh North Castle: Kenneth B. Clark Academy ·

Harrison: Harrison Elementary School ·

Hastings on Hudson: o Pre-K to 4th Grade: Hillside Elementary School; o 5 th and 6th Grade: Farragut Middle School ·

Hendrick Hudson: Hendrick Hudson Elementary School ·

Irvington: Dows Lane Elementary School ·

Katonah – Lewisboro: Elementary School ·

Mount Vernon: Holmes Elementary School o Additional childcare resources will be provided at Macedonian Baptist Church;

Mount Vernon Heights Congregational Church and Allen Memorial Church or the Church of God in Christ ·

New Rochelle: City School District of New Rochelle’s District Offices (second floor of New Rochelle City Hall) ·

Ossining: Park Elementary School ·

Peekskill: Uriah Hill Elementary Schools ·

Pelham: Siwanoy and Hutchinson Elementary School(s) ·

Pocantico Hills: 0 ·

Rye City: Rye High School or Rye Middle School ·

Somers: Somers Intermediate School ·

Tarrytown: John Paulding Elementary School ·

Valhalla: Easter Seals or Valhalla Middle/High School ·

White Plains: Post Road Elementary School between 9:00 am – 3:00 pm ·

Yonkers: Each site may accommodate 2-3 classes of 10 students aged 4-12 o Casimir Pulaski School – 150 Kings Cross,

Scarsdale o Montessori School 31 – 7 Ravenswood Rd o School 17 – 745 Midland Ave ·

Yorktown: Yorktown High School between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Supplementary childcare sites: · The Carver Center in Port Chester will be open from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm for children ages 4 to 12 and will provide lunches. ·

SUNY Purchase’s Children’s Center will reopen its doors to provide childcare services. The facility requires an inspection by Westchester County DoH; this inspection is currently in progress. ·

The Virginia Marx Children’s Center at Westchester Community College will reopen on March 23rd; it will operate from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. ·

The Westchester County Center will utilize 8 rooms to accommodate 10-15 students in each room; 20 people from 5 youth programs will staff the County Center.

Westchester Community College is providing nursing students at this facility. The Westchester County Parks Department’s vendor will provide meals. Food will be distributed at various locations for pick up ·

Bedford: Two schools will provide 2 days’ worth of meals to identified families of children who currently receive free and reduced breakfast and lunch; this will occur 3 days a week from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Food will be distributed at various locations for pick up ·

Bedford: Two schools will provide 2 days’ worth of meals to identified families of children who currently receive free and reduced breakfast and lunch; this will occur 3 days a week from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Croton-Harmon: Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School 11:30 am – 12:30 pm · Greenburgh – North Castle: Kenneth B. Clark Academy from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm ·

Hendrick Hudson: Hendrick Hudson High School Cafeteria from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm ·

Irvington: 9:30 am – 11:30 am beginning Wednesday, March 18th; food will be given to anyone who shows up o Main Street School o Tally Rand Apartment Complex ·

Lakeland: Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School between 11:00 am – 1:00 pm ·

Mount Pleasant: Westlake Elementary School lobby from 9:30 am – 11:00 am ·

New Rochelle: o New Rochelle High School House IV parking lot: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm o 95 Lincoln (WESTCOP): 9:00 am – 4:00 pm o 345 Main Street (New Rochelle Housing Authority) 9:00 am – 4:00 pm o Trinity Elementary School from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm o Columbus Elementary School from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm o New Rochelle City Park from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm ·

Ossining: Park Elementary School and/or Ossining High School between 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ·

Peekskill: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the following locations: o Woodside Elementary School o Oakside Elementary School o Hillcrest Elementary School o Peekskill Middle School o Peekskill High School ·

Pelham: Food will be prepared at high school, distributed at Siwanoy Elementary School and Hutchinson Elementary School between 8:00 am – 10:00 am and 11:00 am – 1:00 pm ·

Port Chester: Food will be distributed at all 4 elementary schools from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm ·

Rye City: Breakfast and lunch will be available from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at Rye High School ·

Somers: Somers High School between 9:30 am – 12:00 pm ·

Tarrytown: Sleepy Hollow Middle School, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm ·

Valhalla: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm o Valhalla Middle/High School o Virginia Road Elementary ·

White Plains will distribute breakfast and lunch to its students starting Monday, March 23rd between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm: o White Plains High School Field House parking lot o Church Street parking lot o Rochambeau High School lot

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Black Coffee from Governor Cuomo: Calls on Americans to Support Each Other In Face of Coronavirus Pandemic

Reminds Citizens They are not Alone During National Moment of Stress and Emotion

VIDEO of the Governor’s remarks is available on YouTube here 

“We talk about this as a government response. The federal government is doing this. The state government is doing this. Government, government, government. This manifests on a number of levels and the government response is obviously very important.

But the impact I think is greater and probably greatest as a social phenomenon and on people and on families. This is tremendously disruptive on all sorts of levels. It came out of the blue. For me, in New York, it reminds me of 9/11 where one moment, which was inconceivable, just changed everything, changed your perspective on the world, changed your perspective on safety. Children who were young at that time, but of school age, watched on TV. They did not know if their parents were coming home. I think it changed their whole outlook on life after 9/11.

This is a situation like that. It is obviously a totally different magnitude, but it’s like that, it’s a moment that just changes your whole life. Yesterday, you were going to work and you were going to go to the office party. Today, you are at home and the kids are at home. You are worried about health, you are worried about your job and you are worried about economics. And you are dealing with personal issues and you are dealing with family issues – and it is all happening at once. Then you turn on the TV and there is all this different information and nobody can tell you this is going to be 30 days or 60 days or 4 months, 5 months, 9 months.

The stress, the emotion, is just incredible, and rightfully so. It is a situation that is one of the most disruptive that I have seen, and it will change almost everything going forward. It will. That is a fact. It’s not your perception. It’s not just you. It’s all of us and it’s true and it’s real. Nobody can tell you when this is going to end. Nobody can tell you. I talked to all the experts. Nobody can say two months, four months, nine months – nobody.

It’s hard living your life with that big a question mark out there. Nobody can tell you when you’ll go back to work. People can tell you that it’s not just you economically. It’s everyone. Take comfort in that federal government is actually acting on an economic package. But it’s true, having your family all together is a beautiful thing. It’s also different for a lot of people, especially for a prolonged period of time.

So these are major shifts in life and in the most emotional, stressful conditions that you can imagine and I think my own personal advice is understand it for what it is and that it’s not just you. It has changed everything and it will for the foreseeable future and think through how you’re going to deal with it and what it means and even try to find a positive in it, right?

It’s a very negative circumstance but you’re going to have time on your hands. You’re going to have time with your family. You’re going to have time at home in this busy hurry-up world, all of a sudden somebody said you have a couple of months where you’re going to be home with the family, no work, you work from home, but it’s a totally different situation. How do you use that? How do you adjust? It’s not going to be done overnight but it is something that everybody has to think through.

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Bedford’s Burdick: County Moves to Aid Towns, Cities Countywide in CoronaVirus Control and Treatment. SUPPLYING HASMET SUITS & EQUIPMENT ON REQUEST. TOWNS LIMITED IN SUPPLYING INFO ON CORONAPOSITIVE PERSONS. COUNTY BUDGET “BLOWN.”

WPCNR CORONAVIRUS REPORT. From Bedford Town Supervisor Chris Burdick. March 19, 2020:

In an email to the press last night. Town Supervisor Chris Burdick of Bedford advised residents how Westchester County is aiding towns in taking measures against the spread of coronavirus., based on County Executive George Latimer’s visit to the Bedford “zoom” Town Board Meeting and the County Executive’s remarks.

The takeaway: The state will decide on locations to add hospital beds; the county is supplying HASMET equipment to towns/cities on request. The county has required towns and cities not to disclose names and locations of corona positive persons, and that the County Budget forecast is now “blown.” Here is Mr. Burdick’s summary of what the County Executive said.

  • State of Emergency and Emergency Orders (EO)  The County Executive explained that the Governor’s emergency orders in large measure preempt the County and local governments from issuing emergency orders regarding the same matters, including closure of any businesses other than those which the Governor closed under EO (e.g., restaurants, bars, gyms); and curfews.  
  • Mobil Testing Units/Hospital Beds  The County is working with NYS to identify sites to house mobile units to test individuals for presence of the virus.  The tests will be very quick so that many can be handled in a short time.  NYS will make the decisions and announcements of sites. Given the anticipated shortage of hospital beds, the County also will be working with NYS to identify sites for additional beds. 
  • Disclosure of Individuals Tested Positive  HIPPA and other patient privacy rules strictly limit the disclosure of the identity of individuals tested positive.  The County requires that the chief elected official and Police Chief sign a non-disclosure agreement to the effect that the municipality may not disclose the identity of such individuals following the County providing such identities to the municipality except to prevent or lessen “a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of the Municipality’s residents.”  

We have been advised that one resident of Bedford has tested positive. In order to safeguard EMS personnel, the County’s system for dispatching EMS (known as 60 Control) will identify whether a call is to an individual who has tested positive so the EMS responder can take special protective measures.

  • County Assistance to Municipalities  The County is tasked with getting personal protective equipment (PPE) and distributing them.  The County has arranged for municipalities to submit requests for certain PPE and sanitizers. 
  • Severe Financial Impact on Budgets  CE Latimer observed that we are in economic free fall and we’re at the front end of the bell curve.  The County’s budget is blown.  It is not possible at this point to assess the impact. 

 

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