STANDING GUARD ON COVID SPREAD

WPCNR CORONAVIRUS REPORT. From Governor Andrew M. Cuomo November 20, 2020:

New York State continues to remain on guard as Thanksgiving approaches. While the State’s COVID numbers are better relative to most of the nation, we have still seen an uptick in the number of total COVID hospitalizations, and test positivity rates in many parts of the state that are higher than we’d like to see. Western New York, with a 4.84 percent test positivity rate on a 7-day average, is of particular concern. Remember: As New Yorkers, we decide our own destiny. What happens next is not written in stone. Help combat “living room spread” by avoiding gatherings with people outside of your household. Get tested if you have symptoms or have reason to believe you were exposed to the virus. Wear a mask, particularly indoors. And stay New York Tough. 

Tip of the Day: If you hosting Thanksgiving, you must limit the number of guests to no more than 10 people. Here’s what else you need to know tonight: 

1. New cluster zone restrictions went into effect for businesses today. The changes include two new Yellow Zones in the Bronx, a new Orange Zone in Erie County, a new Yellow Zone in North Tonawanda, NY, and an expanded Yellow Zone in Queens. See which restrictions apply in which color of zone here. See all the maps here.  

2. The positivity rate in the micro-cluster focus areas was 4.55 percent. Excluding these areas, it was 2.15 percent. Of the 205,466 tests reported yesterday, 5,468, or 2.66 percent, were positive. Total hospitalizations rose to 2,348. Sadly, we lost 32 New Yorkers to the virus.

 3. Yesterday, New York reported a record-high number of tests. New York reported 205,466 tests, a new record. Testing is one of the best tools against this virus. You can easily search for a testing site near you here. You can also call 1-888-364-3065 to make an appointment at a New York State-run testing location. 

4. Small business owners can check if they are eligible for New York State support programs or incentives. There are a number of business incentives that small business owners may be able to take advantage of. To get started, simply answer questions about your business and New York’s Business Express Incentive Wizard will provide a list of New York State programs and services that could help your business get off the ground.  

Tonight’s “Deep Breath Moment”: Aretha Franklin will be inducted in the National Women’s Hall of Fame in this year’s virtual induction ceremony. Located in Seneca Falls, NY, the organization will honor the Queen of Soul and five other Black women on December 10th, in a ceremony that will be broadcast online. If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to New York State’s Coronavirus Updates here. 

Ever Upward, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 

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Cuomo: Canada Oct 12 Thanksgiving Experience with Covid Warning. In Westchester, Monday saw 399 PERSONS, Tuesday 360, WEDNESDAY 337. Infection Rate over 3 Days: 4.26%. 1,096 NEW COVID POSITIVE PERSONS in COUNTY over 3 Days.

WPCNR CORONAVIRUS REPORT. From Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. November 19, 2020. UPDATED WITH YESTERDAY’S RESULTS:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Westchester County, (according to the New York State Covid Tracker UPDATED at 2 PM) , totaled 1,096 Persons Testing positive for Covid, of 26,056 tested, an infection rate of 4.2%
twice the infection rate the NYS Department of Health considers the controllable infection rate 1.1%. The virus is spreading in the county rapidly.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued this warning last night on Thanksgiving practices coming up:

 After Canadian Thanksgiving, on October 12, Canada saw a major spike in COVID cases.

It is our deep concern that the same thing will happen here. For that reason, I have continued to raise the alarm about the risk of COVID spreading in smaller indoor settings — so-called “living room spread” — including at holiday dinners. 

 We all wish the pandemic was over and we didn’t have to worry about it this holiday season. Sadly and very clearly that’s not the reality — on the contrary, COVID is getting worse.


So I am asking all New Yorkers again: Be smart and help us avoid a Thanksgiving spike.

That means having Thanksgiving with your immediate household only, not attending Thanksgiving dinners with over ten people, and taking all the recommended health precautions.

The best way to show your thanks and love this year is to stay apart. A small Thanksgiving dinner, or one over Zoom, is no less meaningful a way to reflect on our blessings and mark a great American tradition. 

Video of the Day: Nourish NY continues to connect farms with food banks to bring good, local food to families in need. Watch the video explaining how the program works. 

Here’s what else you need to know tonight: 

1. The positivity rate in the micro-cluster focus areas dropped slightly to 4.73 percent. Excluding these areas, it was 3.10 percent.

Of the 154,434 tests reported yesterday, 5,294, or 3.43 percent, were positive. Total hospitalizations rose to 2,202. Sadly, we lost 35 New Yorkers to the virus. 

2. New York will modify micro-cluster focus zones in response to updated metrics. Part of Erie County’s Yellow Zone will transition to an Orange Zone. Parts of Niagara County and the Bronx will go into Yellow Zones. There will be an expanded Yellow Zone in Queens. Meanwhile, due to improvements, the Yellow Zones in Broome County and Orange County will be removed, and the Brooklyn cluster’s Orange Zone will transition to a Yellow Zone. These changes go into effect Friday for businesses and Monday for schools.  

3. If you get a call from NYS Contact Tracing, pick up. Contact tracers are working around the clock to trace clusters and inform people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID.

How can you help? Simply by picking up the phone. If your caller ID says “NYS Contact Tracing,” pick up and help New York stop the spread. (Tracers will never ask for your Social Security Number or financial information; if someone does, they are not an official tracer and you should hang up.)

 4. Northeastern colleges are asked to provide testing for students before students leave for Thanksgiving break. 

Wednesday, I was joined by the governors of New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts in recommending that residential colleges in our respective states provide testing prior to sending students home for Thanksgiving. Read more about the regional coalition’s announcement here.  
  

Tonight’s “Deep Breath Moment”: The Little Shelter Animal Rescue in Suffolk County is celebrating its 93rd anniversary this year. Instead of a fundraising gala, they are expanding two charitable programs. The first program aids families who are struggling to provide for their pets’ needs, delivering them pet food and other goods so that they don’t need to surrender their pets to shelters. The second, a soup kitchen, primarily serves seniors and disabled individuals. During the pandemic, volunteers coordinated no-contact delivery to protect both the staff and the pet owners.  If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to New York State’s Coronavirus Updates here. 

Ever Upward, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 
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52 NORTH BROADWAY GOOD COUNSEL PROPERTY HEARING TONIGHT 6:30 WHITE PLAINS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

THE PUBLIC HEARING ON 52 NORTH BROADWAY PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT SHOWN ABOVE RESUMES TONIGHT IN PERSON SOCIALLY DISTANCED-MASKED OR ON ZOOM

The Public Hearing on the proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments relating to the property at 52 North Broadway will continue this coming Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at the White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, White Plains at 7:30 p.m. 

Please note the following with regard to the Public Hearing:

  • Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
  • Please leave enough time to enter, as mandatory temperature screenings will be conducted prior to entering. 
  • Facial coverings must be worn at all times. 
  • Seating will be limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.

 The Public Hearing will continue via Zoom on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. Any member of the public who did not speak at the November 18, 2020 Public Hearing will be given an opportunity to speak.

Any individual who wishes to speak on November 19 must register by noon on the 19th, by using the link hereor by telephone at 914-422-1411 (during business hours).

Both Public Hearing sessions will be broadcast live on:

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TONIGHT AT 8: INSTANT ANALYSIS OF WHAT LIES AHEAD IN REPUBLICANS’ EFFORT TO CHALLENGE ELECTION ON YOUTUBE: A “PEOPLE TO BE HEARD” POST ELECTION TRANSITION SPECIAL.ALSO ON CH. 45 FIOS AND CH. 76 ALTICE-OPTIMUM AT 8 PM AND INSTANTLY ANYTIME ON YOUTUBE

PROFESSOR STEPHEN ROLANDI ON PEOPLE TO BE HEARD NOW ON

THE TRUMP BID TO DELAY ELECTORAL COLLEGE

WHAT HAPPENS IF CONGRESS DECIDES

WHAT TRUMP GAINS BY DELAY

THE GEORGIA RUNOFF CONGRESS EFFECT

NEW PENTAGON APPOINTMENTS—CHAIN OF COMMAND IMPLICATIONS

CENSUS RESULTS EFFECTS ON CONGRESS

REPUBLICAN POWER AHEAD

WPTV’S PEOPLE TO BE HEARD WITH JOHN BAILEY AND JIM BENEROFE

TV THAT MAKES SENSE:”

AT 8 TONIGHT ON CH. 45 FIOS AND CH.76 ALTICE-OPTIMUM

OR YOUTUBE AT ANYTIME!

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Commissoner of Health, County Executive To Discuss Thanksgiving Covid Safety Precautions to Prevent the Spread on Facebook, Tomorrow 3:15 PM

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Department of Communications. November 17, 2020:

Westchester County Executive George Latimer encourages residents to keep their Thanksgiving celebrations small and as safe as possible this year and to follow the Health Department’s tips for a healthier holiday.

Latimer said: “This is the year to make your Thanksgiving gathering more intimate, and to cherish your immediate family members and traditions. Consider setting time for a virtual visit with distant relatives and friends. If you do invite others to your holiday table, spend some time outdoors and keep the windows open when you’re inside.”

Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD, offered some extra advice to reduce Covid-19 exposure:

  • Open the windows — the wider the better and as many as possible — to promote cross-ventilation.
  • Run your kitchen exhaust fan.
  • Keep guests out of the kitchen.
  • Wash or sanitize hands frequently.
  • Have your guests wear a mask unless they are eating or drinking.
  • Avoid passing platters from person to person.
  • Designate one person with gloved hands to serve buffet style from a central location.
  • Consider making side dishes in single-serve ramekins and using single service plates and utensils.
  • Ask your guests to reduce their contacts and potential exposures for the two weeks prior to their visit.
  • Remind your guests to stay home if they have any COVID symptoms or a fever, are awaiting COVID test results, or are under quarantine or isolation orders.
  • Have your returning college student limit his or her exposure to others and get tested this week, next week and a day or two before returning home, wear a mask throughout their travel home when around others, whether by plane, train or car, with windows open.
  • Invite your guests to wear masks and meet you for a walk, a turkey trot or a hike in a park.

Amler said: “It is especially important to keep uninvited germs out of your holiday meal, so wash your hands thoroughly when you arrive and before you take that first bite. Good hand hygiene can help reduce the risk of flu, Covid-19 and other respiratory illnesses.”

Restaurants have taken steps to increase safety, but outdoor dining remains preferable to indoors. When dining out, if you do not see a permit, contact the Health Department to assure the restaurant complies with State and County sanitary codes.

At home, when you remove your fresh or defrosted turkey from the refrigerator, do not wash it — this spreads pathogens onto kitchen surfaces. Fully cook the turkey to kill bacteria that causes foodborne illness. The Health Department recommends holiday hosts and their helpers follow these 10 food safety tips:

  • Wash hands and food-contact surfaces with hot water and soap thoroughly and often.
  • Thaw turkey in a pan in the refrigerator, allowing 24 hours for every 5 pounds.
  • Keep raw meat, poultry and their juices away from ready-to-eat foods.
  • Use separate cutting boards, plates and utensils when handling raw turkey to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Wash items that have touched raw meat with hot water and soap, or place them in a dishwasher.
  • Rinse all fruits and vegetables in cool running water and remove surface dirt.
  • Cook turkey and stuffing to 165°F, as measured by a food thermometer. Check the turkey’s temperature by inserting the thermometer in three places: the thickest part of the breast, the innermost part of the thigh and the innermost part of the wing.
  • When preparing the meal, cut down on the amount of fat and sugar in recipes and boost flavor with fresh herbs instead of salt.
  • Refrigerate turkey, stuffing and sides within two hours.
  • Reheat leftovers to at least at least 165°F before serving. (Check the temperature with a metal probe thermometer.)

For more food preparation safety tips, go

to www.westchestergov.com/health. SDA Meat & Poultry Hotline: 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) USDA-FSIS: Chat live with a food safety specialist in English or Spanish at AskKaren.gov (En Español), 10 a.m.—6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Web-based automated response system available 24/7.

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THANKSGIVING ON ZOOM– WITH NO 40 MINUTE TIME LIMIT AVAILABLE ALL DAY THANKSGIVING DAY FOR A ZOOMY FAMILY THANKSGIVING

WPCNR CORONAVIRUS REPORT From Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. November 16, 2020:

Instead of having an in-person Thanksgiving dinner this year, consider a virtual alternative. To help facilitate virtual Thanksgiving celebrations during the pandemic, Zoom will lift its 40-minute meeting limit. The extended service will be available starting midnight on November 26th, Thanksgiving Day, through Friday, November 27th at 5 a.m. This Thanksgiving, spread thanks, not COVID. 

Over the past six days, the United States recorded 1 million new COVID cases. The virus is spreading across the country and we see its impact in New York now too.

It’s not an Upstate or Downstate issue—cases are increasing throughout the state and all New Yorkers, regardless of where they live, must take action to protect themselves and each other. We continue to implement our comprehensive micro-cluster strategy and increase our testing capacity to new heights.

However, our success also depends on the vigilance and commitment of New Yorkers. Wash your hands, stay socially distanced, wear a mask and limit or avoid gatherings. We’re going to get through this pandemic, but only if we do it together and stay New York Tough. 

Yesterday, I met over Zoom with fellow governors from New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware to discuss policies as we enter the next state of the COVID crisis. Here’s what else you need to know tonight: 

1. The statewide positivity rate is 2.80 percent. In the micro-cluster focus areas, the positivity rate was 4.19 percent. Excluding these areas, it was 2.50 percent. Of the 124,565 tests reported yesterday, 3,490, or 2.80 percent, were positive. Total hospitalizations rose to 1,968. Sadly, we lost 25 New Yorkers to the virus. 

2. Monday, the State launched a new web application to help New Yorkers find state services and benefits. The “Find Services” web application was developed in partnership with Google.org, to assist New Yorkers in locating appropriate services with one streamlined web application. Due to the pandemic, unfortunately, we’re seeing an unprecedented demand for social services and this application provides an easy-to-use starting point for first-time program users.

  3. Remember, indoor gatherings pose a serious risk for spreading COVID. Gatherings inside or outside of private homes are now limited to 10 people or fewer. If you are indoors with visitors, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of spread: Open windows to increase airflow, wear masks, keep distance and shorten the duration of the visit.  
 If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to New York State’s Coronavirus Updates here. 

Ever Upward, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
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2,627 New Cases of Corona Virus in Westchester County over Last 7 Days. 4.1% of persons tested Were Positives. Positives On Steady Rise since Mid September. SUNDAY POSITIVE RATE: 3.7% County Executive Announces 25% of County Gov Workforce Will Work from Home Beginning Nov.23

WPCNR CORONAVIRUS REPORT. Based on New York State Workbook -Corona Tracker By John F. Bailey. November 16, 2020 UPDATED WITH THE GEORGE LATIMER COVID UPDATE THIS AFTERNOON:

The number of persons tested positive for corona virus through Saturday from last Sunday continues to grow. of 53,065 tested, 2,127 tested positive, a 4.1% infection rate. The Westchester Infection Rate has continued to rise, since mid-September and the increase now pushing 4% on average a week.

The infection rates of last Thursday, Friday and Saturday testings were 4% Thursday, 4.6% Friday and 3.6% Saturday.

AT 2 PM, yesterday’s state testing reported 3.7% of 6,167 persons tested on Sunday revealed 230 more persons tested positive for a total of 2,357 for the 8 Days ended Sunday. (An average of 294 new cases each day for the last 8 days).

COUNTY EXECUTIVE LATIMER ON THE COVID WAVE TODAY (Click white > arrow to the left bottom of the picture near o:oo to view)

In his Covid Briefing at 2 PM, County Executive George Latimer said there was no doubt the second wave had arrived. He said he was reducing by 25% the number of county employees in Westchester Government required to come into offices to help limit the possibilities of infection, and all boards and commissions would meet virtually.

Mr. Latimer on the Doubling of Hospitalizations and Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins explains the plan to have 25% of county workers work from home. (Click white> arrow to the left of bottom of screen near 0:00 to view)

He said if masks were not worn more consistently, “stronger enforcement measures” would be considered, and said it depended on how people follow the face mask, crowding conditions and social distancing requirements.

Asked in the news conference if the county was keeping up with covid tracing protocols, the County Executive said tracing was “stressed” by inability to keep up with the numbers and hampered by persons refusing to cooperate for one reason or another, mainly because of being forced into being tested, testing positive, and having to go into quarantine.

Asked by Peter Katz of the Westchester Business Journal whether the county planned any direct intervention in business operations to prevent workplaces from spreading the covid virus, Mr. Latimer said the intent of the county was to suggest businesses look at things they could do to have less work force in offices and businesses, to urge them to be “proactive” in covid spread prevention, not force them to do it. Mr. Latimer said Governor Cuomo could however demand working place environment changes.

Latimer also told Mr. Katz the county had not heard from the Westchester congressional delegation in Washington of any movement on a new stimulous aid package. Mr. Latimer said “No.” He also said that failure to do so would result in loss of personnel in county and city departments hampering delivery of county and local services

Latimer announced, because of the steady increase in cases, he would now give 2 Covid briefings each week, the next being Thursday at 2 PM.

He supported the hybrid learning model now being employed by most of the 44 school districts, and said it is not possible at this time to have all students return to schools.

The infection rate of persons tested for coronavirus over the last 7 days from Sunday November 8 through Saturday, November 14 before the Sunday numbers were in averaged 4.07% of those tested due to fluctuations in the number of persons tested.

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK! THE FRIDAY THE 13TH SHOW

ELIZABETH LAMBERT, KC-135 PILOT WITH THE AIR FORCE–FIRST WOMAN VETERAN HONORED ON VETERANS DAY IN WHITE PLAINS NY USA
Corona virus infections in County up 850 in a week

THE CREEPING CORONA VIRUS DOUBLES INFECTIONS IN A WEEK

COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER BALANCES THE BUDGET
MAYOR ROACH SAYS NEW MASTER PLAN FOR CITY GETTNG TO SET UP PROCESS
BAILEY AND BENEROFE REPORTING ON WHITE PLAINS USA FOR 20 YEARS ON

THE HOLE IN THE GROUND CONSTRUCTION STARTS

THE COVID SPREAD IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY

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COVID RAGING COAST TO COAST. FALL SURGE IS HERE.

WPCNR CORONAVIRUS REPORT. By Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. November 12, 2020:

Unfortunately, COVID is raging nationally, setting record numbers of cases and hospitalizations each day.

Yesterday, there were 148,302 new COVID cases in the United States—nearly doubling the number from November 1st. The fall surge is here. 

1. The NY statewide positivity rate is just below 3 percent. In the micro-cluster focus areas, the positivity rate was 4.86 percent. Excluding these areas, it was 2.53 percent. Of the 162,627 tests reported yesterday, 4,797, or 2.95 percent, were positive. Total hospitalizations were at 1,677. Sadly, we lost 29 New Yorkers to the virus. 

2. New York continues to take action to address the micro-cluster across the state. Based on data metrics, Port Chester’s yellow zone will transition to an orange warning zone. We also announced new yellow precautionary zones in Staten Island and Tioga County. The yellow precautionary zone in Steuben County has been removed.

Maps of the existing cluster zones are available here.  

Yesterday, we announced new actions to slow the spread.

Starting tomorrow, Friday, November 13th, any establishment with a state liquor license, including bars and restaurants, must close in-person service daily from 10pm to 5am (this excludes takeout and delivery).

Gyms and fitness centers must also close at 10pm.

Indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences will be limited to no more than 10 people, also starting tomorrow evening.

We have seen that small, indoor gatherings are a major source of spread. Once again, it’s up to what we do. What happens next is a pure consequence of our actions now.

I know it has been a long hard time, but these next weeks are going to be crucial and we need people to buckle down to fend off the worst.

If there is a time to show that we are New York Tough, it’s now. 


 To honor our veterans, landmarks across the state, including Niagara Falls, were lit red, white and blue last night. 

  In just one week, New York has conducted an additional one million tests. To date, New York has conducted over 16 million tests and we continue to lead the nation in testing. Find a testing site near you.  

4. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade announced the performers for its virtual celebration. The celebration will be broadcast nationwide this year on Thanksgiving morning but due to the pandemic, there will be no audience. The parade will also forgo the annual procession to avoid large crowds but will feature performances from Dolly Parton, the Muppets, the cast of Hamilton and more.  

Tonight’s “Deep Breath Moment”: Chris Nikic, 21, became the first person with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman Triathlon. The Special Olympics athlete was recognized by the Guinness World Records upon completing the Ironman Florida race in 16 hours 46 minutes and 9 seconds. “Ironman. Goal set and achieve. Time to set a new and Bigger Goal for 2021,” said Nikic in an Instagram post.  If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to New York State’s Coronavirus Updates here. 

Ever Upward, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 
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