WESTCHESTER CUTS NEW COVID INFECTIONS BY 19,673 IN 2 WEEKS! STUNNING DECLINES IN COVID NEW CASES.

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WESTCHESTER HAS BEST WEEK IN LIMITING COVID SPREAD SINCE COVID 4TH WAVE BEGAN: 6,327 POSITIVES JAN 16 THROUGH SATURDAY JAN 21, DOWN 10,455 INFECTIONS IN 7 DAYS.

WPCNR CORONAVIRUS MONITOR.  From New York State Covid Tracker. Analysis by John F. Bailey, January 23, 2021:

Westchester County and the rest of the Mid-Hudson Region continued to stymie the covid virus, lowering the 7-county infections for the week through yesterday (Saturday) to 1,950.

Westchester found 761 persons testing positive for covid yesterday (Saturday) the lowest single day total since December 14  when 730  in Westchester tested positive.

COVID-STOPPERS NOTEBOOK: Mid Hudson Region declined to 1,950 new positive cases Saturday. Westchester declined to 761.

The fourth wave of covid began the next week December 19 to 24, when the  5,395 infections the week of December 12 to  18 doubled to  11,450 the week before Christmas the result of 2,791 infections December 5 through 11 and  5,395 infections the week of the 12 to  18 of December.

This past week due perhaps to the extreme cold last week and the continuing increasing number of Westchesterites getting their covid shots was the second straight stunning week of stopping the covid wave before it could reach the beach.

WPCNR COVID LOG: JANUARY. Last two weeks show dramatic drop of infections.

The vaccines have cut down amazingly on the number of new infections in Westchester County, reducing infections 75% two consecutive weeks. .

Looking ahead, those 6,327 this week means the 25,294 persons infected 2 weeks ago spread the disease to less than 1 person (.25). This means they were not mingling for two weeks or staying in because of cold and bad weather.  

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20 YEARS OF WHITE PLAINS WEEK EVERY WEEK. THE CITY NEWS ROUNDUP REPORT BEGAN JANUARY 23, 2001

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20 Years ago, this week, WHITE PLAINS WEEK DEBUTED ON WHITE PLAINS TV. with Alex Philippidis, John Bailey and Jim Benerofe.

20 Years ago this week in 2001, John Bailey, Jim Benerofe and Alex Philippidis began White Plains Week, the “weekly news roundup of White Plains news and what’s happening.” In recognition of this occasion, we present this week’s White Plains Week, the January 21 report with Mr. Bailey and Guest Anchor, John Marino of Westchester Talk Radio. which you can see on the video below.

This week’s “White Plains Week” with John Bailey and John Marino of Westchester Talk Radio. Press the arrow at the left to see the program highlighting an historic past week.
THE START OF 20 YEARS REPORTING THE NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW. The founders of White Plains Week, the city news roundup program: Alex Philippidis, then of the Westchester County Business Journal, John Bailey, founder of the White Plains CitizeNetReporter website, and Jim Benerofe, Editor of Suburban Street. WPCNR salutes Peter Katz, longtime ABC television correspondent and Editor of the indispensable aviation news report, NTSB Reporter, for his 11 years of co-coanchoring the program with Mr. Bailey and Mr. Benerofe, and frequent contributors to the program over the years. Thank you all who continue to inspire us with your support by tuning in each week. The White Plains Week report is for you.
CO-ANCHOR PETER KATZ WITH JOHN BAILEY. MR. KATZ REPORTED WEEKLY FROM 2007 THROUGH 2018
I would personally like to recognize the late Fred Straus, above, former head of White Plains Public Access TV for his confidence in the program in 2001 and enabling it to be fresh and current once a week. Thanks too, to Jim Kenny for his managing a smooth transition to WPTV new professional studios in the White Plains Library, and his continued support of WPTV producers during the covid epidemic. I also salute invaluable contributions of Keith Baker, Rita Santos and Lynn Storey and Gary Stukes of previous years for their cooperation and significant expansions of the program content to include video, sound clips and expansion of story coverage on a timely, underpressure atmosphere, always courteous professional and dedicated.

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NEWS FROM THE NORTH

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WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. From Bedford. January 22, 2022:

Dear Bedford residents,

Positive COVID-19 cases have been coming down in the past few days but we need to see the data for another week or two to know if the trend will continue. While Omicron symptoms seem to be less severe, especially for those who are already vaccinated, we are still mindful that the ease with which it can spread can be problematic when our goal is to keep things open. Careful mask wearing and social distancing are still best practices. And when it is 10 degrees outside, the mask isn’t so bad. 

Make sure you take advantage of the free COVID test kits available from the federal government. One order per address.If you know someone who is not computer literate, offer to order for them. The tests are expected to be delivered in a few weeks.

Given the extreme cold weather and Omicron it has been an isolating January for many. If you or someone you know is having a hard time coping, NY Project Hope has an emotional support hotline 844-863-9314.

Valentine’s Day is coming up and residents of all ages are welcome to make Valentine’s Day cards for seniors.
 If you are feeling very generous, consider adding a “favor ticket” to the card with an offer to do something nice for them.

Below you can read about recent town news and local events. Please feel free to reach out to me with concerns or questions.

Be well,Ellen Bedford Town Supervisor
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WESTCHESTER VACCINATION DRIVE CONTINUES

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Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced that he is adding COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at the County Health Department in Yonkers to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The County Health Department will offer free COVID-19 vaccines in Yonkers and White Plains, and COVID-19 PCR tests at the County Center through the end of February. First and second doses and booster shots are available at both locations.

COVID-19 Vaccines at Westchester County Health Department Clinic in Yonkers:

The County will offer COVID-19 vaccines on Mondays, beginning on Monday, Jan. 24, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the Yonkers Clinic at 20 South Broadway, 2nd Floor. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. (There is no clinic on Feb. 21.)


Schedule a Booster Vaccine (Ages 12 and over)
Schedule a First Dose Pfizer Vaccine (Ages 5 and over)
Schedule a Second Dose Pfizer Vaccine (Ages 5 and over)
Schedule a First Dose Moderna Vaccine (Ages 18 and over)
Schedule a Second Dose Moderna Vaccine (Ages 18 and over)
Schedule a Johnson & Johnson Vaccine (Ages 18 and over)

COVID-19 Vaccines at Westchester County Center in White Plains, afternoons by appointment only, Wednesdays through Fridays and on Saturday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Schedule a Booster Vaccine (Ages 12 and over) 
Schedule a First Dose Pfizer Vaccine (Ages 5 and over)
Schedule a Second Dose Pfizer Vaccine (Ages 5 and over)
Schedule a First Dose Moderna Vaccine (Ages 18 and over)
Schedule a Second Dose Moderna Vaccine (Ages 18 and over)
Schedule a Johnson & Johnson Vaccine (Ages 18 and over)

COVID-19 PCR Tests

COVID-19 tests will be available at the County Center through February. To schedule a test, go to www.westchestergov.com/health. Keep checking back, as new appointments will be added every three days, as follows:

  • Mondays and Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Fridays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

These tests are for anyone with symptoms or who has been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19; results will be ready within three days. Appointments are required, and you must create an account at app.clarifi-covid-19.com. Bring a driver’s license or other photo ID. For accurate results, do not brush your teeth or use mouth wash an hour before the test; do not smoke, vape, eat or drink, chew gum, mints or lozenges for 30 minutes prior.

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The Governor on the Harlem Shooting Friday Night of 2 NYPD Officers

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STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR KATHY HOCHUL ON SHOOTING OF NYPD OFFICERS IN HARLEM

I am horrified by tonight’s tragedy in Harlem. My thoughts are with the family who answered the phone to receive the news they’ve always dreaded: that their loved one, who had sworn to protect and serve New Yorkers by joining the NYPD, will not be coming home. I am praying for the recovery of his partner, the officer who is fighting for his life, and for his family. I know that all of New York is standing with these officers and their families.

We must urgently confront the plague of gun violence in our state. Too many lives are being lost, and too many New Yorkers are living in fear. This is a crisis. That’s why earlier today, I extended an Executive Order declaring a gun violence State of Emergency. In the Executive Budget I released earlier this week, I put forward a plan to triple resources for our gun interdiction efforts, so that we stop the flow of illegal guns into our state, and also triple resources for violence interrupter programs to address the root causes of violence. 

I refuse to allow our cities to be gripped with fear. New Yorkers deserve action from their elected officials — and they will get it. I’ve pledged my full support to Mayor Eric Adams and look forward to working with him and other leaders to continue to take meaningful actions to make New Yorkers safer.

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK REPORT OF JAN. 21, TONIGHT 7:30-THE BIGGEST NEWS WEEK OF THE YEAR (SO FAR) SEE IT ON www.wpcommunitymedia.org IN HIGH-DEF, CRYSTAL CLEAR AUDIO THAT WILL LIFT YOU OUT OF YOUR CHAIR. WITH GUEST ANCHOR JOHN MARINO OF WESTCHESTER TALK RADIO WITH YOURS TRULY, JOHN BAILEY THE CITIZENETREPORTER ON THE WEEK OF DESTINY THE ANCHORS SPEAK! NOT PUNDITS, BUT “KNOW-ITS”

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JOHN MARINO, NEWSMAN ABOUT WESTCHESTER AND WESTCHESTER TALK RADIO GUEST CO-ANCHOR TONIGHT
ON THE SUSTAINED DECLINE OF COVID THE LAST TWO WEEKS
CONGRESS SAYS ALL VOTERS DON’T MATTER
WHERE THE COVID CASES ARE IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY: EVERYWHERE.
THE FEBRUARY FATE: SCHOOL VACATION WEEK COULD BRING THE SPREADING BACK FOR A FIFTH WAVE

PLUS GOVERNOR HOCHUL’S BUDGET

COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER ON COVID AND START OF HIS SECOND TERM

THE PRIMARY FIELD OF CANDIDATES FIELD 5 MONTHS AWAY

AND MORE.

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WESTCHESTER CONTINUES COVID ROUND-UP. NEW CASES PER DAY UNDER 1,000 MATCHES NY STATE TREND.

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COUNTY AVERAGES 800 A DAY FOR 5 DAYS, INFECTION RATE 9.2%,. CUTS INFECTION RATE FROM 23% IN 16 DAYS. STATEWIDE INFECTIONS AT 9.75%

WPCNR COVID MONITOR. From the New York State Covid Tracker. With analysis by John F. Bailey.  January 21, 2021:

On the day Governor Kathy Hochul of New York announced statewide  new  covidpositives had declined to a 10% infections, Westchester reported  3,918 positive cases for the first five days of this week, averaging 783 a day.  Westchester  for the last 15 days has continued to lower infections per day overall.

“For the first time since December 20, New York State’s percent positivity is in the single-digits,” Governor Hochul said. “I want to thank New Yorkers for doing the right thing to get where we are in fighting this winter surge. However, this isn’t the time to take our foot off the gas. Let’s keep using the tools – the vaccine, the booster and masking up – to further bring the numbers down and keep our vulnerable loves ones safe from this virus.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below: 

·         Test Results Reported – 290,107

·         Total Positive – 28,296

·         Percent Positive – 9.75%

·         7-Day Average Percent Positive – 12.27%   

·         Patient Hospitalization – 11,016 (-554)   

·         Patients Newly Admitted – 1,357  

·         Patients in ICU – 1,548 (-35)   

·         Patients in ICU with Intubation – 880 (-5)   

·         Total Discharges – 261,073 (1,706)   

·         New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 154

·         Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 51,532

Currently the Mid-Hudson Region of Westchester, Orange Rockland, Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam and Sullivan Counties is averaging between 2,500 and 3,000 new covid-infected persons a day. Nassau and Suffolk Counties are seeing less positives than when they were leading the metropolitan area by a large margin, positives as high as 4,000 a day for each Long Island County back on January 10. Nassau reported 1,883 covid positive persons Thursday and Suffolk, 1,703, down to 10-1/2% and 12.2% infections of those tested.

New York City all five boroughs reported 12,285 positives yesterday about a 2 to 1 margin more infections that the 9 counties surrounding NYC, 6,386.

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