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Posted on: December 21, 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Residents, December 21st, 2020

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The County is in the process of transitioning to a new system to track and present Westchester County COVID data. As a result, they have discontinued the presentation of the county “map” and have not been providing us with estimated active cases. We have been told that the new system will be operational by the beginning of the year. In the meantime, as predicted, the raw data confirms continuing increases in new cases in Westchester County and in White Plains.   We are in the midst of the holiday season and I certainly understand that we all want to spend time relaxing with family and friends. This is not the year for it.  The Governor stated once again today that more than 70% of new cases are the result of so called “living room spread” at social gatherings. How we behave between now and the end of the year will determine what we are able to do in January and February. With the vaccine roll out taking place, now is not the time to backslide.  

 Last week, I was on hand when White Plains Hospital began vaccinating its front line staff.  Vaccinations of healthcare workers are continuing and vaccinations for nursing home residents and staff are starting this week. New York State has done the most vaccinations thus far of any state. While the vaccine is not expected to be available to the public until the spring of 2021, we have been working with White Plains Hospital as part of a vaccination task force and the hospital has created material to help answer many of the questions you may have. Please visit their website at wphospital.org to learn more.     

 At White Plains Hospital the number of COVID patients has been holding steady.   They continue to perform elective procedures and encourage all community members to go to the hospital if they are in need of emergency care.  

 The Governor has issued an Executive Order allowing local governments to automatically renew STAR benefits for 2021 for all property owners who received the benefit in 2020 and remain eligible for it.  

Due to the  Christmas holiday, all City offices will be closed and there will be no garbage pick-up on Friday, December 25th. There will be no paper recycling this week. Paper recycling will resume on Wednesday, January 6th. The Gedney Recycling Center will be open on Saturday, December 26th from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM and on Sunday, December 27th from 8:00 AM to Noon for paper drop off.   

 If you live on a Monday/Thursday garbage collection route, your trash will be picked up on Wednesday. If you live on a Tuesday/Friday garbage collection route, your trash will be picked up on Tuesday and Thursday.  

 Our next COVID update will be on Monday, December 28th. Until then remember, we are standing together by staying apart.

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El condado no nos ha mandado el mapa y tampoco nos ha proporcionado la estimación de casos activos. Se nos ha dicho que están trabajando en un nuevo sistema que entrara en vigencia a principios de año. Mientras tanto, como se predijo, los datos sin procesar confirman los continuos aumentos de casos nuevos en Westchester y en White Plains. Estamos en la temporada navideña y entiendo completamente que todos queremos pasar tiempo relajándonos con familiares y amigos. Lamentablemente, este no es el año para eso.

El gobernador uno vez mas dijo que el  70% de los casos nuevos son el resultado de la llamada "propagación en la sala de la casa" durante reuniones sociales. Nuestro comportamiento de aquí a  final del año determinará lo que podamos hacer en enero y febrero. Con el lanzamiento de la vacuna, ahora no es el momento de retroceder.

La semana pasada, cuando fui el Hospital White Plains comenzó a vacunar a su personal del hospital. Las vacunas para los trabajadores de la salud continúan y las vacunas para los residentes y el personal de los hogares de ancianos comienzan esta semana. El estado de Nueva York ha vacunado a más gente hasta ahora que en cualquier otro estado. Si bien no se espera que la vacuna esté disponible para el público hasta la primavera de 2021, hemos estado trabajando con White Plains Hospital como parte de una comitiva de vacunación y el hospital ha hecho disponible información para ayudar a responder muchas de las preguntas que pueda tener. Visite su sitio web en wphospital.org para obtener más información.

En hospital de White Plains, el número de pacientes con COVID se ha mantenido estable. Continúan realizando cirugías que no se consideran de emergencia y sugieren que todos los miembros de la comunidad vayan al hospital si necesitan atención de emergencia.

Debido al feriado de Navidad, todas las oficinas de la ciudad estarán cerradas y no habrá recolección de basura el viernes 25 de diciembre. No habrá reciclaje de papel esta semana. El reciclaje de papel se reanudará el miércoles 6 de enero. El Centro de Reciclaje de Gedney estará abierto el sábado 26 de diciembre de 8:00 a.m. a 4:30 p.m. y el domingo 27 de diciembre de 8:00 a.m. a mediodía para la entrega de papel.

Si vive en una ruta de recolección de basura de lunes a jueves, su basura se recogerá el miércoles. Si vive en una ruta de recolección de basura de martes / viernes, su basura se recogerá el martes y jueves.

Nuestra próxima llamada está programada para el lunes 28 de diciembre. Hasta entonces y recuerde que estamos más cerca al mantenernos más separados.

 



 

 

 

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