WPCNCR CORONAVIRUS REPORT. From the New York State Covid Tracker. Observations & Analysis by John F. Bailey. June 28, 2022:
The 9 counties surrounding New York City reported 1,655 new cases of covid on Friday. Westchester County reported 291; Orange County, 100; Rockland, 90; Dutchess, 67; Ulster 28; Putnam 20 ; Sullivan-17; 554 in Nassau County and 488 in Suffolk County.
In New York City the 5 boroughs reported 3,344 new cases of covid.
Together the 9 counties and New York City had 5,004 new cases of covid in one day Friday. The Mid-Hudson region and Long Island is running 67% of the total positives in the New York Metropolitan area, (not even including New Jersey).
More troubling about acceptance of living with covid, is the number infections a day this month of June compared to the number of infections in June, 2021. One year ago is when relaxed covid rules statewide lead to a third fourth and now a 5th Wave of Covid.
This may happen again considering the 300 a day infections Westchester is running this month.
June of 2021 Westchester had 463 positives cases of covid in 30 days, averaging 15 new covid cases a day. Remember that number!
As of June 28 of 2022, Westchester has had 7,969 new cases of covid reported, this month, an average of 295 new infections a day that is 1,886% more infections per day compared to last June
(Saturday results, available today showed 295 covid positives Saturday, bringing the week total of persons testing positive to 1,954 or 295 positives a day June 19-25
That is 531 times more covid infections a day more than last June. This is more than an omen it is telling the future.
Hospitalizations, Mr. Latimer said were steady at 100 to 110 a week. (That is about double what hospitalizations were three weeks ago when they were 60 to 80)
It is significant.
Last June only a 15-a-day new covid infections set the stage for a steady increase in infections July, August,September leading steadily into the highest rate of infections the county has had by the week before December and hitting 26,000 in one day in mid-January.
It remains to be seen what the 419 infections a day rate this June will have on the public infections in the county in July.
This is what happened last summer:
In July of 2021, there were 1,724 new Covid positives from July 1 through July 31, an average of 55 a day—up from the 15 a day in June, with the infection rate climbing from less than ½% of those tested the first two weeks in July to 2% by the end of July. In August, the new infections rose to 5,704, 184 new infections per day, and the average infection rate to 3% on average.
After Labor Day, September slowed to 4,530 new Covid cases for the month, 151 a day, Still at 2% infectins a month. October dipped to 2,507 infections, 81 a day, but the socialization in October and in Novemnber lead to 4,001 new cases in November, 133 a day, followed by the December of Spread—of over 46,898 new cases oc covid, with infections rising at double digit rates as high as 23%.
So though we may not be getting sick as seriously, the number of infections in June is a warning that covid is still very out there very contagious to the unvaccinated and the elderly.
The new variants are more contagious, but not as sickening according to reports.
Mr. Latimer and Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins urged parents to take advantage of Covid Moderna Vaccinations for children taking place tomorrow by appointment.
VACCINE CLINICS FOP CHILDREN AND INFORMATION THIS WEEK
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Ages 6 Months to 5 Years Old Only on Wednesday, June 29, 2 pm to 4 pm, White Plains Clinic at 134 Court Street. Appointments are encouraged.
Schedule a First Dose Pediatric Moderna Vaccine (Ages 6 Months to 5 years)
White Plains Clinic at 134 Court Street, Fridays 9 am to 3 pm. (NO WALK-INS available for July 1, 2022 only)
Schedule a Pediatric Booster Vaccine (Ages 5-11 only)
Schedule a First Booster Vaccine (Ages 12 and over)
Schedule a Second Booster Vaccine (View Eligibility Criteria)
Schedule a First Dose Pfizer Vaccine (Ages 5 and over)
Schedule a Second Dose Pfizer Vaccine (Ages 5 and over)
Schedule a Third Dose Pfizer Vaccine (Immunocompromised)
Schedule a First Dose Pediatric Moderna Vaccine (Ages 6 Months to 5 years)
Schedule a First Dose Moderna Vaccine (Ages 18 and over)
Schedule a Second Dose Moderna Vaccine (Ages 18 and over)
Schedule a Third Dose Moderna Vaccine (Immunocompromised)
Schedule a Johnson & Johnson Vaccine (Ages 18 and over)
(L to R: Leg. Terry Clements, Vedat Gashi, MaryJane Shimsky, Majority Whip Jose Alvarado, County Executive George Latimer, Chairwoman Catherine Borgia, Vice Chair Nancy Barr, Leg. Erika Pierce)
White Plains, NY — On Monday, the Board of Legislators voted to approve a law ensuring safe access to reproductive health care facilities. The measure passed by a 15-2 vote. Westchester County Executive George Latimer signed the act into law immediately after its approval by the Board.
The new law, which takes effect immediately, will protect health care workers and patients seeking medical treatment from being obstructed from entering or exiting a reproductive health care facility and from harassing behavior from persons within specific distances of the premises. It enacts a 25-foot no-harassment zone around the facility’s perimeter and establishes the designation of an 8-foot personal space bubble surrounding the person within 100 feet of the facility.
As the nation reels from the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, the need to codify stronger anti-harassment legislation for reproductive health patients, providers, and staff while preserving the free speech of legitimate protestors is more critical now than ever. The decision will likely result in an increase of out-of-state residents seeking reproductive health care and, conversely, an increase in anti-choice protesting.
Chairwoman Catherine Borgia (D – Cortlandt, Croton on Hudson, Ossining, Briarcliff Manor, Peekskill), one of the original sponsors said, “Women will be looking to New York for sanctuary to reclaim their bodily autonomy, and we want to say Westchester is ready. Any person who travels to our County seeking reproductive care can access it safely without intimidation or provocation. I hope other counties can see the urgency and importance of this law and consider it for their jurisdictions, as well.”
Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D – Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Edgemont, Hartsdale, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington), main sponsor of the bill, said, “The road to getting this act passed was very long and arduous. However, it’s led us to a strong, well-balanced piece of legislation that safeguards the rights of patients to receive their care without infringing on protected free speech. I am more than happy to finally see that hard work come to fruition. I thank our County Executive George Latimer for his unwavering support and understanding that this bill could not wait another minute without being signed.”
Majority Leader Christopher Johnson (D – Yonkers) said, “As Americans, we are founded on the beliefs and principles that we are a society with inherent rights and freedoms. We are free to live, worship, and speak as long as we remain peaceful and law-abiding. This bill mutually protects and respects one’s right to privacy, right to choose, and right to protest equally and fairly.”
County Executive George Latimer said, “We want to protect the women who need these services from aggressive advocacy that exceeds free speech and becomes intimidation and interference with their personal safety.”
Read the legislation at: https://bit.ly/3bjScYb
WPCNR STAGE DOOR. From Irvington Shakespeare Company. June 27, 2022:
Irvington Shakespeare Company is thrilled to announce their 2nd Annual Summer Shakespeare Production: Love’s Labour’s Lost coming this July!
We at the Irvington Shakespeare Company, an Irvington Theater Arts Partner, are excited to welcome you to our 2nd annual Summer Shakespeare Festival!
Performances take place at the Verrazzano Terrace at Mercy College on Friday & Saturday- July 15 & 16 at 7:30PM, Sunday (Special Performance at Hudson Park in New Rochelle) – July 17 at 6:30PM
Friday, Saturday & Sunday – July 22, 23 & 24 at 7:30 PM
Friday ,Saturday & Sunday – July 29, 30 & 31 at 7:30PM All admission is free with a donation option.
For more information go to www.irvshakespeare.org
This summer, we are thrilled to present a production of William Shakespeare’s: Love’s Labor Lost. We are staging our production outdoors on the rolling green hills of Mercy College on the stunning terrace of their Verrazzano Hall. It is a beautiful, rustic space and easily accessible.
Unlike last year, there are no tickets or registration required, just bring your own chairs and blankets for a wonderful summer night of free live theatre, with an option to donate (please if you can!)
Love’s Labour’s Lost follows the King of Navarre and his three companions as they attempt to swear off the company of women for three years in order to focus on study and fasting. But, when the Princess of France and her ladies arrive, things get…complicated.
Exploring themes of masculine love and desire, reckoning and rationalization, and reality versus fantasy, LLL is a rarely performed comedic triumph with an ending you won’t see coming.
The Bard’s classic comedy will spring to life with a professional cast that stars Caturah Brown (she/her) as the Princess of France, Juliet Perrell (she/her) as Rosaline, Emma Freeman (she/her) as Katharine, Jane Abbott (she/her) as Maria (and Movement Director), Sarah Bitar (she/her) as Boyet, Julia Schonberg (she/her) as Ferdinand, Sage Newman (they/them) as Berowne (and Dramaturge), Traci Redmond (she/her) as Longaville and Kamran Saliani (he/him) as Dumaine (and Producer).
Original lyrics and music composed, written and performed live by Irvington’s Sierra Scott (she/they) as Co-Music Director, Jonah Scott (he/him) as Co-Music Director of The Altogether!
Governor Kathy Hochul released this statement yesterday:
“For far too long, this country has been plagued by an epidemic of mass violence, taking the lives of members of our own community in Buffalo and innocent school children in Uvalde, Texas.
“I applaud President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Schumer and the New York Delegation for their work to pass the most significant federal gun safety legislation in nearly three decades. While the bill does not take every action we need, it is an important step in the right direction. Strengthening federal background checks, criminalizing straw purchasing and gun trafficking, closing the boyfriend loophole, and investing in our children’s mental health are significant steps that will immediately save lives.
“I will do everything in my power to protect New Yorkers. Just weeks after the white supremacist act of terror in Buffalo, we moved swiftly to pass a landmark, nation-leading legislative package to strengthen our gun safety laws. The comprehensive, 10-bill package prevents those under the age of 21 from purchasing semiautomatic rifles, expands the Red Flag Law, puts restrictions on the sale of body armor and provides new tools for law enforcement.
Following this week’s flawed decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, my team is working around the clock to explore every possible action, and we are convening an extraordinary session of the New York State legislature on June 30 to pass new gun safety legislation.
“I urge Congress to follow our lead, and take further actions to make the nation safer for all.”
WPCNR ALBANY ROUNDS. From the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul June 24, 2022:
ABORTION ACCESS ALWAYS: GOVERNOR HOCHUL ANNOUNCES ROBUST, MULTI-PLATFORM PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN FOR ALL SEEKING REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE
Following SCOTUS Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade, Paid Media Campaign Highlights New York State’s Commitment to Protecting Abortion Access and Reproductive Healthcare for All
Website with Abortion Education, Provider Information and More Available in 12 Different Languages, Expanding Awareness of Options for Care Available in New York Here
View Public Awareness Campaign Images Here
Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson, Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Department of Health today announced a robust, multi-platform, paid public education campaign to ensure New Yorkers—and all Americans—know that in New York State, abortion remains safe, legal, and accessible, always. The statewide campaign includes multi-platform advertising efforts and a new website, providing a single destination for information about abortion rights, providers, supports, and payment options in New York.
“We feared this dark day—but New York did not hesitate to prepare for it,” Governor Hochul said. “The Supreme Court has dealt a crushing blow to all who value the ability to make decisions about their own bodies. Let me be clear: the Supreme Court has failed us, but New York State will not. Our Abortion Access Always campaign builds on efforts to ensure that everyone knows that abortions remain safe, legal, and accessible here. As long as I am Governor, this State will protect you.”
“The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn decades of precedent and turn back the clock on equality and a woman’s right to have control over her own body, shocks the conscience beyond measure. The decision is appalling and an affront to everything we have fought to overcome in perfecting our union as a country. Make no mistake about it, the fight to live up to our founding ideals continues, and here in New York, we will lead that fight. Here in New York, abortions will remain safe, accessible and legal,” said Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado. “And New York will continue to be a safe haven for women across this country.”
The integrated media and advertising campaign will run statewide in both English and Spanish, featured at high-traffic destinations such as mass transit hubs, shopping centers, airports, and through radio and digital channels. Led by NYSDOH, the advertisements are displayed in four different colors—black, green, pink, and purple—reinforcing the importance of abortion access as a public health issue that impacts everyone. Safe abortions help protect an individual’s physical and medical well-being, while ensuring that the choice and ability to start a family, and consider their own physical and mental health, remains their own.
“Forty million women—more than half of the population of reproductive age in this country—live in states already rolling back abortion rights,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said. “Many of these states will not permit exceptions for pregnancies that result from rape, incest, or those that threaten the life of the mother. The devastating judgement delivered by the U.S. Supreme Court is a public health travesty and a human rights crisis that threatens the health of us all. Individuals must have the basic right to choose the medical and social determinants that will impact their health outcomes and drive their life course, and this must include access to safe abortions. Thanks to Governor Hochul and our team at NYSDOH, we’re going to ensure every New Yorker, and every individual coming to our State seeking care, knows it.”
To expand access to education, the State has launched a new website to provide the public with a single source of information about abortion access and reproductive healthcare. The new website includes details on abortion rights, providers, treatment options, and resources for mental health support and payment. Built on the State’s commitment to equity, the website is available in more than twelve languages and can be accessed via a smartphone or computer. Downloadable assets, including signage, readymade messaging, and social media graphics are available for public health partners and community-based organizations looking to disseminate messaging to their communities.
Governor Hochul has already taken unprecedented action to further preserve, protect, and strengthen reproductive rights and abortion access in New York State. This includes a nation-leading $25 million dollar Abortion Provider Support Fund, overseen by the State Department of Health, to expand capacity and ensure access for patients seeking abortion care in New York. The Governor also announced $10 million for reproductive healthcare centers to access security grants through the Division of Criminal Justice Services to help ensure the safety of the providers performing this vital care.
On June 13, Governor Hochul signed a comprehensive, six-bill package to further preserve, protect, and strengthen abortion rights for patients and providers in New York. The legislation takes specific actions to address a variety of legal concerns, including the establishment of a cause of action for unlawful interference with protected rights and the inclusion of abortion providers and patients in the Address Confidentiality Program. The new bills also prohibit misconduct charges against healthcare practitioners for providing reproductive services to patients who reside in states where such services are illegal and disallow medical malpractice insurance companies from taking adverse action against an abortion provider who provides legal care.
All New Yorkers—and those coming to New York seeking care—should know that abortion rights are enshrined into New York State law. Governor Hochul and the State’s Department of Health will always ensure the State provides safe abortion access and the continuity of reproductive care.
Abortion services in New York must be completely confidential. Providers are not allowed to disclose any information to anyone other than individual receiving the abortion without the individual’s permission. This includes medical records as well as any information about the appointment or procedure. Confidentiality applies to the other biological parent of the fetus, parents of the individual, where the patient is a minor, and anyone else who has not been identified as having the individual’s express permission to receive information about the abortion.
In New York, Medicaid covers the cost of an abortion, and other health insurance options may as well. For those who need help with payment or travel, there are resources, funds, and organizations available to help cover costs.
To learn more about abortion care in New York, including abortion providers, options for services, mental health support, or resources on payment options, visit here.