4/6/2020 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update
Today the Governor announced NY PAUSE is extended through April 29. Non-essential businesses and schools will remain closed.
Also increase social distance violations from $500 to $1000.
320,811 tested/ 130,689 positive/16,837 hospitalized/4,504 icu/ 13,366 discharged/ 4,758 fatalities
45,353 tested/14,294 positive/ 377 hospitalized/ 233 fatalities
89 Village residents have tested positive.
Overall, NYS hospitalizations, icu entry and intubations are down. Need more days of data to determine if we are at peak or plateau or apex. (Apparently each of these words mean something different. Achieving any would indicate we could be half way through.)
NYS is using multiple models to determine size, scope and severity. Early models indicated 110,000 beds needed with peak at end of April. Current tracking indicates actions taken to enact social distancing could substantially reduce the needed bed count and have us plateauing sooner. Unfortunately plateauing at this level is not sustainable for an extended period, as it is at a high level that is stressing the healthcare system.
NYS is working to releave stress on hospital system. Moving 802 ventilators to NYC, Javitz center providing 2,500 beds and healthcare staff for COVID patients. USNS Comfort will provide additional 1,000 beds used for COVID patients.
Anecdotal reports indicate hydroxychloroquine has had a positive impact on COVID patients. More data needed to
Retirees are strongly encourage to apply for direct deposit instead of receiving a monthly check by mail. To apply complete form https://www.osc.state.ny.us/retire/forms/rs6370.pdf
If a person exposed to or infected with coronavirus finds that their employer requires proof that they are eligible to return to work, letters may be requested here:
To help support our First Responders, New York created the First Responders Fund. The fund will assist COVID-19 health care workers and first responders with expenses and costs, including child care. The State Department of Health is accepting donations for the fund, and received an anchor $10 million contribution from Blackstone. Donations can be made electronically at
or by check mailed to "Health Research, Inc., 150 Broadway, Suite 560, Menands, NY 12204." Donors should specify the donation is for "COVID-19 NYS Emergency Response."
4/5/2020 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update
The numbers of positive cases continue to rise. However new hospitalizations and icu entry was down yesterday. Will watch over the next few days to determine if it is a positive pattern.
The Federal government sent 1000 health care personnel to assist in NY hospitals.
Pharmacies, including Walgreens and CVS, have agreed to offer free home delivery of prescriptions.
302,280 Tested/ 122,031 positive/16,479 hospitalized/ 4,376 icu/ 12,187 discharged/ 4,159 fatalities
43,955 Tested/ 13,723 positive
74% of those hospitalized have been discharged.
86 individuals have tested positive in the Village.
Reminder that Leonard Park, is to be used for solitary or family exercise. Please keep an appropriate physical distance from others. Also remember no group sports are permitted. As signs indicate, the playground equipment is not sanitized and should not be used.
4/4/2020 Coronvirus/COVID-19 Update
To increase the healthcare staffing capacity, the Governor will be signing an Executive order to allow medical students who were slated to graduate, to begin practicing.
Thank you to the state of Oregon and Governor Kate Brown! They are sending 140 ventilators to NYS to be deployed as needed. Additional 1000 ventilators coming from Chinese government and philanthropies. 500 ventilators being redeployed from NYS hospitals with limited COVID cases.
283,621 tested/ 113,704 positive/ 15,905 hospitalized/ 4,126 icu/ 10,478 discharged/ 3,565 fatalities
42,334 tested/ 13,081positive
Overall in NYS 2/3 of people hospitalized have been discharged.
Hospitalizations in Westchester has remained at a constant 6-7% of total hospitalizations in NYS.
82 Mount Kisco residents have tested positive.
NYS released a County by County tracker that is updated twice a day. Scroll to the bottom of this page to click on the tracker. https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
The CDC has advised that individuals can spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
Everyone is advised to wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face cover is meant to protect OTHER people in case you are infected.
Do NOT use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker.
Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
Instructions for cloth face coverings https://www.cdc.gov/…/prevent…/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
4/3/2020 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update
Thank you to Northern Westchester Hospital Executive Director, Derek Anderson and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marla Koroly for a Facebook Live Community Update. Part of the session is at https://www.facebook.com/NorthernWestchesterHospital We will share link to full session as soon as it is available.
The Governor shared that sourcing and allocating staff and supplies continues to be the focus in preparation for the anticipated number of cases. 21,000 people have volunteered from out-of-state to help care for patients. More than 85,400 volunteers are available to be assigned to NYS hospitals. Supplies continue to be an ongoing challenge. NYS is asking all hospitals to contribute to a central stockpile which will be redistributed based on need.
NYS will pay businesses to convert manufacturing functions to produce PPE. Supplies are needed now. Contact Empire State Development at 212 803-3100 Covid19supplies@esd.ny.gov
NYS released ventilators from stockpile to NYC, Westchester and Long Island. The state is tracking locations of every ventilator in the state to reallocate as needed. New protocols have been implemented for split use of ventilators. BIPAP machines are being tested to use for venting patients. NYS continues to search for more ventilators.
FAQ from NYS Homes and Community Renewal
NYS extended open enrollment for New Yorkers to enroll in health exchange. Go to https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/
Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, shared that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
238,965 tested/ 92,381 positive/ 13,383 hospitalized/ 3,396 icu/ 7,434 discharged/ 2,373 fatalities
39,081 tested/ 11,567 positive
74 individuals have tested positive in the Village.
County Executive Latimer proposed legislation to address the concerns of those who have experienced financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 crisis. The proposal moves penalties for late payment of county taxes from April 30 to July 15 for tax payers who can demonstrate economic hardship. Criteria for demonstrating economic hardship has not yet been identified. The legislation will be before the County Board of Legislators for review, a public hearing and ultimately and a vote.
Towns collect taxes for the County. Towns are required to pay the County 60% of the County's tax levy by May 31, regardless of how much is collected. Depending on the amount of the County levy and the number of taxpayers who demonstrate hardship, this could create a cash flow problem for many Towns. We will provide more information as the legislation moves forward.
All of our updates, resources and information regarding COVID-19 are available under Quick Links on the Village Website. https://www.mountkiscony.gov
4/1/2020 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update
Today the Governor indicated many different models, using varying assumptions are being used by different groups to make projections about the timing and impact of the expected apex. The reality is, these are just projections, no model is definitive.
That said, below is a look at projections that are being used to prepare our hospital system when we reach the highest number of cases in NY.
With minimal compliance of social distancing
Apex at end of April
Need 110,000 beds
Need 37,000 ventilators
With high compliance of social distancing
Apex at end of April
Need 75,000 beds
Need 25,000 ventilators
NYS released a Public Service Announcement regarding applying for Unemployment Benefits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ4QNYyg5dc
FAQ about Unemployment Benefits
For Businesses - Guide to Cares Act
New guidance confirms Horticulture Businesses (Landscaping) are classified as non-essential. Only greenhouses/nurseries selling food producing plants can operate. Link to guidance https://agriculture.ny.gov/coronavirus
220,880 tests/ 83,712 positive/ 12,226 hospitalized/ 3,022 icu/ 6,142 discharged/ 1,941 fatalities
37,190 tested/ 10,680 positive/ 268 hospitalized/ icu/ discharged/ 65 fatalities
In the Village we have 76 individuals who tested positive. It is important to note, the data regarding positive tests is delivered from NYS to Westchester County. Today there was a large influx of information from NYS that included data from multiple days. Inconsistencey in delivery of data means we should not draw conclusions comparing today's number to yesterday.
All are welcome to participate in NWH Update tomorrow, 4/2 4-5 pm. Facebook live at https://www.facebook.com/NorthernWestchesterHospital/
or on the web at https://www.northwell.edu/webinars/nwhupdates
Will also be broadcast on FIOS channel 20 and Altice channel 40
3/31/2020 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update
The Governor spoke today about preparing for the “main battle” which is at the apex of the curve. In this battle there are two missions; preparing hospitals and the general public taking individual responsibility.
NYS has been preparing and securing the staffing, equipment and beds needed for our hospitals to be ready. Additionally he announced the formation of a hospital network team to facilitate a coordinated approach among all the state’s hospitals.
With reference to individual responsibility, the Governor indicated we must have discipline, be selfless and be informed. He also spoke about the importance of creating an acceptance of time exceptions. The current restrictions are not going to end soon. Projections indicate the apex can occur in 14 to 21 days. That will be the high point of cases. We will need to continue on this path as the numbers continue to reduce to a level that is manageable by the health care system.
All elections including Presidential primary, School Board and School Budget votes will move to June.
Pharmacies across NYS are offering free delivery of prescription medicines to assist customers and promote social distancing. Check with your local pharmacies for more details.
205186 tested/ 75,975 positive/ 10,929 hospitalized/ 2,710 icu/ 4,975 discharged/ 1,550 fatalities/
35,623 tested/ 9,967 positive/ 275 hospitalized/ 25 fatalities
In Westchester 2.8% of those who test positive are currently hospitalized.
County Executive Latimer shared that larger municipalities with greater density have the most COVID cases. Ten communities with the most positive tests are 608 Yonkers, 378 New Rochelle, 304 Greenberg, 269 Mount Vernon, 170 White Plains, 153 Ossining, 150 Mount Pleasant, 123 Portchester, 120 Cortland, 105 Yorktown
56 Mount Kisco residents have tested positive.
The County Executive also shared that in response to reduced ridership, the Bee Line bus system will be running on a Saturday schedule, starting on Wednesday 4/1. Passengers will continue to enter from the rear door of the bus, and there will be no charge. Bus schedules at https://transportation.westchestergov.com/…/timetables-and-…
Assemblyman David Buchwald shared information for small businesses that struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. You may be eligible for relief loans from the Small Business Administration. https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance Applicants can also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.
NYS opened a special enrollment period until April 15, for those who wish to obtain health insurance. For more information or to sign up, go the official New York State of Health website at this address: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/
On Thursday, 4/2 at 4-5 pm all are welcome to participate in a NWH Community Update on COVID-19. Executive Director Derek Anderson, Chief Medical Officer, Marla Koroly, MD, and Mayor Gina Picinich will share information and answer questions. Join the conversation at https://www.northwell.edu/webinars/nwhupdates
3/30/2020 - Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update
As the numbers continue to rise, the Governor reinforced the most important message to the general public: STAY HOME.
The US Naval Medical ship US Comfort arrived in NYC. The Comfort provides 1,000 additional hospital beds, 1,200 personnel.
Hospital systems both public and private, from across NYS, met with the Governor today and agreed to implement a new balanced approach to fighting the virus. Hospitals that are beginning to reach or exceed capacity can transfer patients to other hospitals that are not as full. Hospitals across the state have also agreed to share staff and supplies.
The Governor made a request for healthcare workers from across the country to come help in NY if they can. He committed to return the favor in other states when they need help. https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-…
66,497 positive/ 9,517 hospitalized/ 2,352 ICU/ 4,204 discharged/ 1,218 fatalities
34,108 tests/ 9,326 positive/ 19 fatalities
50 individuals in the Village have tested positive.
County Executive Latimer shared that NYS modified the protocol for ending isolation for those who have recovered from COVID. People may end isolation if they have met all THREE of the following criteria:
- 7 days since first experiencing symptoms
- No fever for at least 72 hours without taking fever-reducing medication (such as Tylenol)
- Any respiratory symptoms such as coughing & difficulty breathing has improved
If you tested positive for COVID-19 review the FAQ from Westchester County: https://health.westchestergov.com/news/alerts
Protocol for essential workers to return to work following COVID exposure or infection: https://health.westchestergov.com/…/COVID19EssenPersonnelRe…
County Center will be used for non-COVID patients.
NYS Attorney General Letitia James has online resources for Guidance on Coronavirus and Warnings about Consumer Scams. Topics include Consumer Protection Tips, Suspension of Debt Collection, Health Insurance questions and more:
Business Council of Westchester hosted a webinar on Federal stimulus legislation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VF8ze--8XA&feature=youtu.be
3/29/2020 - Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update
The Center for Disease Control issued a 14 day travel advisory urging no domestic travel to or from NY, CY & NJ.
Congresswoman Lowey shared more details on Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
The Governor extended NY PAUSE until April 15. Full details at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause
He also discussed the concept of a "rolling apex" in which the peak of COVID cases will be different in different communities and across the country depending on when the first case was identified and rate of spread. Based on the current rate of spread, they anticipate NYC will peak first then Westchester & Long Island followed by upstate. NYS is working with hospital systems to share and shift resources so individual hospitals are not overwhelmed.
NYS Department of Health has developed a less intrusive test. Should be available next week.
172,360 tests/ 59,513 positive/ 8,503 hospitalized/2,037 ICU/ 3,572 discharged/ 965 fatalities
32,513 tests/ 8,519 positive/
45 Mount Kisco residents have tested positive.
BCSD shared that students will have Spring Break 4/6-4/13.
During this challenging and stressful time we are grateful mental health professionals have volunteered to staff the NYS Emotional Support Hotline. 1-844-863-9314
3/28/2020 - Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update
The Governor announced NY presidential primary will be moved from April 28 to June 23.
Further guidance was provided confirming all non-essential construction must be suspended. https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026
Continuing to prepare for NYS apex, four additional sites have been identified in NYS boroughs for Army Corps of Engineers to build temporary hospital facilities. This will add 4,000 hospital beds. Additionally, some hospitals in NYC have been identified only for COVID patients.
155,934 tested/ 52,318 positive/7,328 hospitalized/1,755 ICU/ 2,726 discharged/ 728 fatalities
31,103 tested/7,875 positive
Number hospitalized and entering ICU was less today than yesterday. Next few days will determine if it is a trend.
41 individuals in the Village have tested positive.
Important to note protocols have changed and doctors are now advising patients to recover at home assuming they have COVID. If symptoms become worse, individuals are being tested and further treated. As a result, many more people have the virus than the numbers reflect. This is true across NYS. It is estimated that between 40-80% of the poplulation will contrat the virus. 80% of those will self resolve, 20% will need more extensive care. Please, if you are sick, stay home.
Be healthy, be safe, and be accountable for your actions.
3/27/2020 - Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update
Many have been asking about status at Northern Westchester Hospital. Executive Director, Derek Anderson shared that what started as a slow trickle of patients has become a steady flow. They are implementing their previously conceived surge plans and have presented additional plans to NYS to increase capacity by both 50% and 100%. Being part of the Northwell Health system ensures that their supply chain is not interrupted. They are closely managing supplies and report that hospital staff have the PPE and other supplies they need to effectively and safely do their jobs. Though they are well prepared for expected increase in cases, they are working in very active and intense conditions.
It is essential we all do our part to help them by maintaining the reduced density guidelines and ensuring the appropriate physical distance is maintained to limit the spread of the virus. NWH will be here for us. We have to do all we can to reduce their already heavy workload.
PLEASE remind your children, particularly teens, they should not be gathering. No organized sports in the park. No hanging out downtown.
Today the Governor announced schools across NYS will continue to be closed at least until April 15. They are required to provide distance learning, meals for those who qualify and childcare for essential workers. Big shout out to the BCSD. Overnight they put together plans to deliver services in a way they never have. Thank you BCSD faculty and staff.
NYS continues to prepare for the apex which could be in 14-21 days. Reduced density guidelines remain in place. Big focus is on expanding hospital capacity including adding temporary hospital facilities and creating a stockpile of needed equipment.
138,376 tested/ 44,635 positive/ 6,481 hospitalized/ 1,583 ICU/ 2,045 discharged/ 519 fatalities
29,515 tested/ 7,187 positive/73 hospitalized/ 10 fatalities
34 individuals in the Village have tested positive.
County Executive Latimer shared that they are scouting sites for additional temporary hospitals as well as expanded testing sites.
Congressman Eliot Engel provided and overview of the $2 Trillion Stimulus package that was passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives. It includes:
-Immediate direct cash payments of $1200 for every US resident with a social security number who makes up to $75,000 per year. The payment will reduce based on higher incomes up to $99,000. Also includes $500 per child
-$600 per week in unemployment insurance for laid-off workers in addition to state benefits for up to four months
-$500 billion in loans to distressed businesses
-$350 billion for small businesses to retain employees
-$100 billion for hospitals
- $10,000 tax credit for wages paid by businesses to incentivize keeping staff on payroll
-$3 billion in emergency funding for childcare
-$100 billion for hospitals and healthcare providers
-$150 billion relief fund for states
-$16 billion to acquire ventilators and other medical equipment
Ride Connect, part of Family Services of Westchester provides rides for seniors. They have expanded their services to include essential shopping for seniors such as groceries, and medication pick-ups. They are seeking volunteers. To help contact Maggie Traynor at (914) 760-2779 or email@example.com
Wishing everyone a peaceful and healthy weekend.
3/26/2020 - Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update
As we travel through the Village we continue to observe that overall, people are following guidelines by staying home and distancing when in public. Thank you!
We know many people in our community have been negatively impacted due to the closure of non-essential businesses. Below is link to apply for unemployment https://labor.ny.gov/unemploymentassistance.shtm
Information about COVID-19 related sick leave in NYS is available at https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/covid19
Today the Governor spoke about the Public Health crisis and the Economic consequences.
To address the Healthcare crisis we continue on the current path. There is no scenario in which the existing hospital capacity will meet the expected need. As stated many times, this is why we need to slow the rate of the spread of the virus so as not to overwhelm the hospital system.
Big focus is on expanding hospital capacity. The goal to have 1000 bed overflow capacity in each of the 5 NYC boroughs, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk and Rockland.
18,650 tests/ 37,258 positives/ 5,327 hospitalized/1,290 icu/ 1,517 discharged/ 385 fatalities
26,288 tests/ 5,944 positives/ 56 people hospitalized/ 8 fatalities
23 individuals in Mount Kisco tested positive.
The Governor expressed concern that the $2 Trillion Stimulus bill passed by the Senate will not appropriately compensate NYS for the loss of revenue resulting from the crisis. The bill does include expanded unemployment benefits, direct payments to individuals, and loans for small businesses. More information will follow when the bill makes it's way through the House of Representatives.
Westchester County is working with school districts to provide childcare for essential workers. For more information contact Bpl3@westchestergov.com
Westchester County is following NYS policies about releasing people from quarantine which requires 14 day isolation and 2 negative tests before being released to the public.
Westchester County parks are open.
Metro North is reducing service on Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven lines starting tomorrow. http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/EssentialService.html
Mount Kisco resident Laura Kelly created Restaurant Relief which is a website to purchase gift cards to support restaurants in northern Westchester.
3/25/2020 - Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update
During this time of crisis and stress NYS set up an emotional support hotline. 1-844-863-9314 6,175 mental health professionals have volunteered to staff the support line. New Yorkers are amazing!
Overall strategy continues to be to reduce the spread through aggressive testing and managing density and increasing hospital capacity, staffing, and equipment.
Though the number of positive cases continues to increase, the Governor shared that data suggests density control may be working. The rate of hospitalizations was doubling every 3.4 days. More recently hospitalizations are doubling every 4.7 days.
It is essential that we all continue to stay at home and implement the necessary physical distance when in public. Staying the course will hopefully continue to reduce the rate at which hospitalizations are rising. THAT is the curve we are trying to flatten.
The modeling projects that we will need 140,000 hospital beds and 30,000 icu beds (with ventilators) when we reach the apex. Approximately 119, 000 hospital beds have been identified. 15,000 ventilators have been secured. NYS is continues to search and work closely with the Federal government to secure the balance needed. NYS is also looking at alternatives such as testing ways to split/share ventilators.
Personal Protective Equipment has been shipped to NYC, Westchester and Long Island. This should meet the current need. NYS continues to source PPE for future need.
40,000 healthcare professionals, including those who were retired and those who are accelerating their education, have stepped forward to be part of a "surge" workforce. These include physicians, registered nurses, physician assistants, nurse anesthetist and many more. New Yorkers are amazing!
The Governor raised concern that the bill before the Senate will not cover the financial expenditure made by NYS during this crisis. He is speaking with the NYS delegation to advocate for our financial needs.
30,811 positive/ 3,805 hospitalized/ 888 icu/ 285 fatalities
County Executive Latimer provided a breakdown of numbers by municipality.
Ardsley 3, Bedford 10, Briarcliff Manor 9, Bronxville 9, Buchanan 0, Cortlandt 31, Croton-on-Hudson 5, Dobbs Ferry 16, Eastchester 38, Elmsford 6, Greenburgh 63, Harrison 29, Hastings-on-Hudson 13, Irvington 8, Larchmont 13, Lewisboro 7, Mamaroneck Town 18, Mamaroneck Village 18, Mount Kisco 20, Mount Pleasant 32, Mount Vernon 89, New Castle 13, New Rochelle 234, North Castle 13, North Salem 2, Ossining Town 7, Ossining Village 47, Peekskill 26, Pelham 18, Pelham Manor 12, Pleasantville 14, Port Chester 51, Pound Ridge 1, Rye Brook 17, Rye City 15, Scarsdale 39, Sleepy Hollow 19, Somers 9, Tarrytown 15, Tuckahoe 7, White Plains 74, Yonkers 201, Yorktown 30
Westchester County set up an email to provide answers to you COVID-19 questions COVID19FAQ@westchestergov.com
Here in the Village, the Mount Kisco Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Mount Kisco Fire Department are on the front line. If you call 911 and are in need of the MKVAC or the Fire Department, please notify the operator if you have tested positive for COVID-19 so they can be prepared with the appropriate protective gear. We must work together to keep our volunteers safe and healthy to ensure the continuation of their essential services.
Thank you to Jennifer Kirstein Klar who created a website to keep everyone connected to our business community.
New Yorkers are amazing!
3/24/2020 - Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update
From Northern Westchester Hospital
In response to numerous questions about how people can help, below is a link to NWH COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.
Your gift of any size will:
-Purchase much needed Personal Protective Equipment and breathing machines for the very ill
-Help replenish our supply of over 200 N95 masks we use every day
-Supply food for front-line staff who spend countless hours every day caring for patients, leaving very little time to care for themselves.
The Governor shared some new facts today. Rate of new cases is doubling every three days. That is a substantial increase in the rate of spread. This projects that at the height of infection (the apex) we will require 140,000 hospital beds which is an increase over the original projection. It is anticipated the apex will come in the next 14 to 21 days.
To slow the spread, NYS has implemented all possible options. We have increased testing to the highest level in the United States and the highest level per capita across the globe. NYS protocols
NYS is trying new drug therapies and are hoping for good outcomes.
NYS will continue with the current strategies and double efforts to expand hospital bed capacity to meet the expected increased need.
Personal Protective Equipment required to meet the current need is being shipped to healthcare facilities in NYC, Westchester and Long Island. NYS will continue to source more PPE for future need.
Greatest challenge currently is getting the ventilators needed for those who will become very ill. Projecting to need 40,000. The Governor implored the Federal government to send the equipment they currently have in storage.
NYS - How You Can Help
91,270 tested/ 25,665 positive/ 3,234 hospitalized/ 756 ICU
17,966 tested / 3891 positive/
County Executive Latimer shared that locations in Westchester with the most cases are larger communities that have greater density.
New Rochelle 225
Mount Vernon 81
White Plains 65
Port Chester 45
Mount Pleasant 30
NYS confirmed 18 cases in the Village.
County Business Resources - https://westchestercatalyst.com/coronavirus-updates/
Westchester County Department of Social Services is working directly with low-income residents as individuals lose jobs and require benefits for their families. Also working with County homeless population. Contact https://socialservices.westchestergov.com/contact-us
Westchester/United Way hotline 2-1-1
NYS hotline for testing requests: 888.364.3065
Westchester County COVID-19 hotline: 866.588.0195
3/23/2020 - Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update
- 78,289 tested/ 20,875 positive/ 2,635 hospitalized/ 621 ICU/ 157 fatalities
- 14,684 tested/ 2894 positive/ 42 hospitalized/ 18 ICU/ 3 fatalities
NYS verified 10 individuals in the Village tested positive.
Survival rate of those who contract the virus is about 98%
Plans are in place to reduce density.
Testing is being done at a higher level per capita than anywhere else.
More work to do to get the rate of spread to slow and hospital capacity up. NYS is working to increase hospital capacity using federal and local resources.
Personal Protective Equipment has been purchased by NYS and is being sent to locations in need. Actively searching for more.
Governor has assigned a team to begin planning how to get people back to work, to restart the economy and dovetail that with the public health plan.
Link to unemployment registration:
30,000 healthcare professionals who were retired, and medical students have registered to join the effort to combat the virus. Others can register at:
FDA has approved an experimental trial to use antibody injections to help stimulate and promote individuals' immune systems against the virus.
County Executive George Latimer joined us via phone at our Board of Trustees meeting tonight.
Bee Line Buses have implemented a rear door entry in an effort to keep passengers at a distance from drivers. All fees are waived.
County Department of Social Services will be available to delivering services remotely via phone and teleconference support.
County Parks remain open as are County Golf Courses. Park staff will actively remind all that they should be keeping the appropriate physical distance.
We have added a link on the Village Website COVID-19 Give Help/Get Help. Please let us know if additional resources or requests for assistance should be added to the list. https://www.mountkiscony.gov/…/villa…/give_help_get_help.php
Fox Senior Center presents exercise programs broadcast on Fios channel 40/ Altice channel 20 - Monday 9:20 am Tai Chi - Tuesday 10:30 am Chair Exercises for Seniors - Thursday 10:45 am Exercise & Dancing with Cameron. Can also watch https://vimeo.com/user69811363
3/22/2020 - Coronavirus/COVD-19 Update
The Governor asked us all to give thanks to everyday heroes including healthcare workers, grocers, pharmacists, police officers, firefighter and EMS volunteers, public transit workers, child care workers. We should add to this list local government staff who continue to deliver services in our beautiful Village.
Tonight the President shared that the Federal government is working closely with NYS (and others) to provide funding, supplies, and resources. This includes:
- Sending PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) including masks, gowns and gloves
- Army Corps of Engineers will assist setting up hospital facilities
- FEMA resources will also contribute to expanding hospital facilities
- Medical ship heading to NYS
- Providing medicines for a drug trials
- Waiving 25% state contribution for FEMA funding
Federal government is working with companies across the county to produce needed supplies including PPE and ventilators.
Earlier today the Governor shared today's numbers -
NYS 61,401 tested / 15,168 positive / 1,974 hospitalized / 114 fatalities
Research on fatalities indicates 70% were 70 years old or older & majority had underlying conditions. 80% of the deaths under 70 years old had underlying condition.
Westchester 10,647 tested / 1900 positive / 2 fatalities
In the Village we have 6 positive tests confirmed by NYS.
FEMA will erect four 250 bed "hospitals" in the Javits Center. Army Corps of engineers will erect temporary hospital facilities in SUNY Stony Brook & Old Westbury and Westchester County Center
Governor indicated the state is "scouring the globe" for PPE. He is asking the federal government to direct companies to produce and distribute materials as different states are currently competing for supplies.
The Governor called on the FDA to start approving serological testing to identify antibodies and determine if a person had COVID-19 already so they could return to work.
A Department of Health emergency order is requiring all hospitals to expand bed capacity 50-100%. All elective surgeries are cancelled as of 3/25.
Drug trials will begin Tuesday morning with a combination of drugs that "might" have a positive impact on treating COVID-19.
Non-essential businesses closed (for in-person services) at 8 pm tonight. Essential businesses like pharmacies, grocery stores, gas stations and more will stay open. For a full list go to: https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026#
The Governor indicated what everyone is being asked to do is hard but it will be ok. All the necessary functions will continue and we will overcome this challenge.
General concept is if you are not an essential worker, work from home. Those not at risk can venture out for groceries or other necessities as well as solitary or family out door activity. Please remember to observe physical distance of at least 6 feet from others. The Village and the WCPD are working together to enforce the Governor's Executive orders. We will remind and educate as needed.
This is the time for us all to demonstrate the strength and compassion of our -community. We can do this!
3/21/2020 - Conronavirus/COVID-19 Update
NYS is taking aggressive action to help hospitals manage the expected surge in patients. This includes increasing hospital capacity, increasing staff, sourcing and purchasing personal protective equipment for healthcare staff and first responders.
NYS is working with Army Corps of Engineers to evaluate the following sites to convert to hospital facilities.
- Javitz Center
- SUNY Stony Brook
- SUNY Westbury
- Westchester County Center
NYS continues to work with the federal government to get disaster funding, supplies and resources. FEMA has made a major disaster declaration.
Based on recent research, Health Commissioner Zucker recommends drug trials with Hydroxychloroquine & Zithromax. FDA is acquiring 10,000 doses. We are expecting some in NY. No date determined.
NY is doing more testing than anywhere else. As a result our numbers will be higher than anywhere else.
The Governor noted 54% of NYS cases are 18-49 years old. We need to remind younger people that they can get the virus and they can carry the virus and put others in danger.
Westchester has 1,385 positive tests. Based on today's numbers, the increase in Westchester is slowing. We do not have additional information today for positive tests in Mount Kisco.
To add perspective, the Governor shared that there were 34,157 fatalities for the flue in 2018/19 season.
Executive Order signed today confirms density restrictions announced yesterday and adds the following actions:
- Extends driver’s licenses and registrations for vehicles (so expired registrations and licenses should no longer be enforced)
- All DMV appointments cancelled
- No evictions of either residential or commercial tenants
- Extends statutes of limitations for all civil actions until April 19, 2020;
NYS and Federal tax filings have been moved to July 15, 2020.
Mental health is a vital part of public health. NYS is asking psychologists and therapists to pitch in and volunteer their services to help. Stress and anxiety are very real.
To sign up, visit: http://health.ny.gov/assistance
The Governor shared some opinions - It is important we all "Practice Humanity" through kindness, compassion, gentility and patience.
3/20/2020 - Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update
Numbers for today:
NYS Tested 32,421 / Positive 7102 / Hospitalized 1255 / Fatalities 35
Westchester Tested 7176 / Positive 1091
Will provide a further update when we have number of positive cases for the Village.
As hospitalization numbers continue to increase, the Governor announced further restrictions to decrease density.
All non-essential businesses must reduce their workforce by 100%, meaning that all not identified as essential business must be closed to public and have employees work from home. There will be civil fines and mandatory closures for businesses not in compliance.
List of essential businesses:
Requests for businesses to be designated as essential, who are NOT in the listed guidance should complete the following:
Any business that has the capacity to produce masks, gowns and other protective gear for healthcare workers and first responders should contact Empire State Development Corp - 212 803-3100
NYS is working with providers to source supplies and ventilators. They will pay a premium. Contact Executive Office 646 522-8477
The Governor also announced that all residential and commercial evictions are on hold for 90 days.
The Governor is asking for everyone to PAUSE (Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone.)
Guidance for those at risk:
- Remain indoors except for solitary exercise outside.
- Pre-screen all visitors by taking temperature.
- All who are vulnerable should wear a mask in the presence of others.
- To the greatest extent possible all those in the presence of vulnerable people should wear a mask.
- Always stay at least 6 feet from other people.
- Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary.
Guidance for all others:
- Non-essential gatherings of any number of people for any reason must be cancelled or postponed.
- Any concentration of individuals outside of the home should only be essentials workers practicing social distance.
- Businesses that provide essential services must implement 6 foot social distancing practices.
- Outdoor recreation should be limited to non-contact activities.
- When in public, practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet from others.
- Only use public transportation when absolutely necessary.
- Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care as directed by their healthcare provider.
- Young people should also practice social distancing.
3/19/2020 - Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update
NYS tested 22,284 / Positive 4152 / Hospitalized 777
Westchester 5964/ Positive 798
Data we received today indicates just one Village resident tested positive. However, there is a delay in data being sent from NYS to the County. We believe there are two other cases who are isolating at home.
The Governor is requiring further density reduction indicating that non-essential businesses must decrease their in-office workforce by 75%.
Additionally, retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys must close by 8 PM Thursday in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania
He also announced Mortgage Relief for Financial Hardship:
-Waive mortgage payments based on hardship
-No negative reporting to credit bureaus
-Grace period for loan modification
-No late payment or online payment fees
-Postposing or suspending foreclosures
To provide additional relief, he is ordering fees for overdrafts, ATMs & credit cards be waived.
In cooperation with NYS and Westchester County School Districts, County Executive Latimer announced that Westchester school districts will be providing childcare for healthcare workers and first responders. Mount Kisco Elementary school will be the location for the Bedford Central School District. The drop-off program hours are 8 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday. Those who would like to use the service must provide proof of employment (such as work ID). Contact the school district for further details.
Link to sign-up for updates from NYS
3/18/2020 - Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update
Numbers released today show a large increases in those who tested positive in NYS and in Westchester.
NYS Tested - 14,597 / Positive - 2,382 / Hospitalized 549
Westchester Tested - 4106 / Positive - 538
We have one confirmed case in the Village. That person is recovering at home. We suspect there are more but have not yet received confirmation from NYS.
Facts and data are driving decisions to further reduce density. To this end, the Governor announced he will be signing an executive order directing non-essential businesses to decrease their in-office workforce by 50%. Exemptions from the order will include shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions
In an effort to further reduce density, retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys must close by 8 PM Thursday in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
In the Governor’s Executive Order, he superceded the power of local officials to close businesses. Decision-making regarding closures is now a gubernatorial power. He indicated that facts and data will dictate when/if more closures are necessary. He is coordinating with NJ, CT and PA.
Some good news:
The Federal government sent the Army Corp of Engineers and other agencies to NY to assist with preparing temporary hospital facilities. Additionally, the USNS Comfort, a 1,000 bed hospital ship, will be deployed to New York harbor to increase New York's hospital surge capacity.
The Governor signed a bill guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of novel coronavirus.
Northern Westchester Hospital is implementing a surge capacity plan to manage the expected influx of patients.
The IRS announced that though taxes must be filed by April 15, they are extending the deadline to make payments to July 15.
108 patients in NY have recovered and were discharged from hospitals.
We ask that all remember the objective of reducing density and maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet is to slow the spread of the virus so as not to overwhelm our healthcare system. We need EVERYONE to do their part to keep our community safe and healthy.
3/17/2020 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update
Today, in cooperation with Connecticut and New Jersey, the Governor declared all bars, gyms, theaters, casinos and restaurants will be closed as of 8 pm on 3/16 until further notice. Take-out and delivery can be ordered during the period of closure.
Gatherings of 50 people or more are not permitted.
All schools in NYS will be closed by 3/18 for two weeks ending April 1.
NYS advised that only businesses that are essential stay open including groceries, take out food service, gas stations, pharmacies, and medical facilities.
New York State will waive all park fees in state, local and county parks.
Westchester County Executive Latimer declared a State of Emergency.
Boys and Girls Club will be closed until further noticed.
The Bedford Central School District will distribute meals to those who are eligible. The schedule for distribution is Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am -1:00 pm at the Mount Kisco Elementary School bus loop. Each student will need to provide name and school of attendance for record keeping.
Residents who are registered and participate in the Dietary and Recreation programs at the J. Edward Fox Senior Center can receive lunch at home. If you have not already made arrangements contact 666-8931.
Trash and recycling collection will continue in accordance with the standard schedule.
Full list of who to contact for other Village services is available at: http://www.mountkiscony.gov/news_detail_T6_R569.php
3/15/2020 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update
Today the Governor shared that the objective of “reducing the curve” is to slow the rate in which people contract the virus so as not to overwhelm the healthcare system. Many people will test positive for the virus. 80% will self resolve. 20% will need a level of medical intervention. Populations at risk continue to be seniors, those that are immune compromised and those with underlying conditions.
NYS is track cases and identify clusters to respond to those with the greatest need.
NYS - Data
Tested - 5272
Tested Positive - 729
Hospitalized - 137
Fatalities - 3 (all with pre-exiting conditions)
Testing capacity has increased. Need federal approval for automated testing which would enable a far greater number of tests.
Density reduction is focused on eliminating large gatherings and reducing social contacts. Request was made for private business to permit employees to work from home when possible and consider voluntary closings.
School closures have occurred in many districts. There is a need to address childcare and meals for those who are eligible.
Hospital capacity is concerning. NYS is requesting assistance from federal government to help transform other facilities (such as school dorms) to hospitals to prepare for expected influx of patients.
The Village is transitioning services where possible, to at home and online. This includes senior programs and library services.
The Saw Mill Club is awaiting further instructions from the County Department of Health. Members who were at Saw Mill Cub East in the morning of Wednesday, 3/11 and are exhibiting symptoms of the virus should contact 866 588-0195. NYS Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline is 888 364-3065
Those who are higher risk if contracting the virus should review the following information from the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/…/specifi…/high-risk-complications.html…
3/13/2020 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update
The Governor signed Executive Orders and is working with various agencies to ease the burden on those who are impacted financially from the virus:
- Waived 7 day wait period for those seeking unemployment.
- Public Service Commission halting turn off for unpaid utilities.
- Waived 180 school days required for schools to receive state funding.
To date 3000 patients have been tested in NYS. Increased capacity is expected to accommodate 6000 per day.
NYS is ensuring hospitals across the state have the capacity and staffing to handle the increase in cases that is anticipated.
In Westchester a total of 158 have tested positive. 5 people are hospitalized. No deaths reported.
Drive thru testing began in New Rochelle. An appointment is required. Phone 888-364-3065. Callers will be evaluated to determine if testing is needed.
In a unified effort with school districts across Westchester, the Bedford Central School District announced it will be closed until 4/3. Distance learning will begin for students 3/17. Breakfast and lunch for those who qualify, will be available at pick up locations. More details will be available next week.
In the Village, we have reviewed contingency plans to ensure the delivery of essential services. Thought no cases have yet been reported in the Village, we will begin to modify programs to promote the social distance needed to slow the spread of the virus.
It has been a challenging week for everyone. We are facing unprecedented circumstances and daily uncertainty as news headlines and conversations generate concern. As institutions are closing to limit risk, we must all remember that the vast majority have immune systems capable of fighting the virus. As such, it is important that we all turn our concern outward to those who are at greater risk.
Please abide by the simple CDC guidelines:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Stay home when you are sick and phone your healthcare provider for instructions.
3/12/2020 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update #2
Governor's update today discussed an overall Healthcare Emergency Response System to reduce the spread of the virus and treat those that are ill. The bottomline summary is more testing, reduce density, be sure the hospitals are ready.
To reduce spread, NYS is working to substantially increase testing capacity with a goal of 5,000 tests per day. This will enable identification, isolation and treatment of those impacted.
A new restriction has been put in place to decrease population density limiting public gatherings of 500 or more. This includes sports venues and theaters. Broadway theaters have been closed.
To treat those who are infected, NYS is planning for hospital "surge capacity" by assessing all current facilities and how they can be expanded. Also identifying reserve healthcare professionals including those who retired and national guard medics.
The Bedford Central School District sent a message indicating:
Deep cleaning of our facilities and buses is ongoing. We are finalizing our plans for extended or distance learning opportunities in the event that a prolonged closure becomes necessary. We are working closely with Westchester County and the Department of Health to determine next steps to keep our community safe.
The SAT originally scheduled to be given at FLHS this Saturday, March 14th has been postponed and will instead be administered on March 28th.
3/12/2020 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update #1
As the Governor indicated yesterday, we can expect to see the number of identified COVID-19 cases in NY increase. As such, it was not a surprise when we received the information from leadership at Northern Westchester Hospital that the Northwell Health Core Lab confirmed 3 patients have tested positive for COVID-19. One patient is currently in isolation at NWH and two are at home recovering.
All staff currently caring for the patients are following CDC guidelines and Northwell’s recommended clinical protocols. NWH is confident their precautionary measures minimize the risk to staff and other patients.
They have implemented strong clinical and operational protocols designed to quickly identify potential COVID-19 patients, isolate them appropriately, prevent transmission of infections and protect front-line caregivers from potential exposure.
With the resources of Northwell Health, NWH is well-positioned to respond to the needs of our community. To this end it is important to note NWH has:
- Instituted new visitor guidelines. Updated visitation guidelines are posted on their website check www.nwhc.net
- Temporarily suspended NWH Volunteer Program
- Issued a Mask Mandate for all staff when in Emergency Department, Cancer Center, GoHealth Urgent Care Centers and Northwell EMS units.
- Cancelled all external events through May 5. All events held on the NWH campus with over 20 attendees are cancelled through May 5.