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Posted on: December 10, 2021

City of White Plains Coronavirus Update - 12/10/21

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City of White Plains Coronavirus Update - 12/10/21

We are in the “winter surge” and we are seeing a steady increase in the number of COVID cases in our city and in Westchester County. There are currently 245 active cases in White Plains. Over the last 7 days we have seen an average of 23 new cases per day. 

There are currently 16 COVID patients in White Plains Hospital with two patients in ICU. As a point of reference, at the highpoint in 2020 the hospital had just over 240 COVID patients with 87 in ICU. The hospital is committed to ensuring that beds remain available (maintaining a vacancy rate of 10% as required by the state) and continues to perform elective surgeries and care for the general medical needs of our community. 

Today, Governor Hochul announced that effective Monday, December 13th masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public places unless the business or venue implements a vaccine requirement. This is a prudent step which I fully support. The winter surge, and the emergence of the new omicron variant, makes being fully vaccinated more important than ever. I am urging vaccinated residents to get their booster shots now. If you are not vaccinated, now is the time. Most pharmacies, as well as the County Department of Health Clinic on Court Street, continue to offer vaccines. Vaccines are safe, effective, and free. 

A note about masks. Stepping up to a KN95 or an N95 mask will provide you with better protection than the standard paper or cloth masks as they reduce leakage of unfiltered air when you are inhaling. They are readily available.

Of course we are all ready to be done with COVID but unfortunately it is not done with us. Vaccines, boosters, and masks, together are our best response. We don’t want to go back to where we were. We’ve made it this far White Plains, let's keep up the fight, together.

Entramos en la “oleada de invierno” y hemos visto un aumento significativo en la cantidad de casos de COVID en nuestra ciudad y en el condado de Westchester. Actualmente hay 245 casos activos en White Plains. Durante los últimos 7 días, hemos visto un promedio de 23 casos nuevos por día.

Actualmente hay 16 pacientes con Covid en el hospital de White Plains y dos pacientes en la unidad de cuidados intensivos. Como punto de referencia durante el peak de covid en el 2020, el hospital tenía un poco más de 240 pacientes con Covid y 87 de ellos en la UCI. El hospital se compromete a mantener camas disponibles tal como lo exige el estado y continúa realizando cirugías programadas y atendiendo las necesidades médicas generales de nuestra comunidad.

Hoy, la gobernadora Hochul anunció que a partir del lunes 13 de diciembre, se requerirá el uso de mascarillas en todos los lugares públicos cerrados a menos que el negocio o el lugar exija prueba de vacunación. Esto es lo más sensato que se puede hacer y lo apoyo plenamente. La oleada invernal y la aparición de la nueva variante llamada omicron hacen que la vacunación completa sea más importante que nunca. Insto a los residentes vacunados a que se pongan sus inyecciones de refuerzo lo más pronto posible. Si no está vacunado, ahora es el momento. La mayoría de las farmacias, así como la Clínica del Departamento de Salud del Condado en Court Street, continúan ofreciendo vacunas. Las vacunas son seguras, efectivas y gratis. 

En cuanto a las mascarillas, tanto la KN95 como la  N95 lo protegerán más que las  regulares de papel o tela, ya que reducen la fuga de aire sin filtrar al inhalar y no son difíciles de conseguir. 

Por supuesto, todos estamos listos para que Covid se termine, pero desafortunadamente el virus no se harta de nosotros. Un conjunto de vacunas, refuerzos y mascarillas es lo que necesitamos para protegernos. No queremos volver a donde estábamos. Hemos llegado tan lejos en White Plains, asi que sigamos luchando juntos.

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