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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Residents: March 13, 2020 at 8:30 PM

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Residents: March 13, 2020 at 8:30 PM.

Dear Residents,

Today’s Update:

The Governor today confirmed 96 additional COVID-19 cases in New York State, bringing the total to 421.  158 of those cases (10 new cases) are in Westchester County. Approximately 1,200 individuals have been tested in Westchester.  Coronavirus is now present in 14 NY counties and New York City. The state is moving to dramatically increase its testing capacity and is expecting the number of cases to continue to rise in the foreseeable future.  As of today, 6 individuals in White Plains have tested positive for coronavirus. 

As many of you have heard, the White Plains School District has decided to close on Monday and Tuesday of next week (3/16 & 17). The district will use up 2 snow days for this closure. This decision was reached after consultation with NY State officials and the State Education Dept. The school closure is consistent with the model of social distancing that has been recommended by public health professionals. Dr. Ricca expects that further guidance from the state will be forthcoming next week. Dr. Ricca and I have been speaking and coordinating regularly during this crisis and I support the decision he has made.

In connection with the school closure, the White Plains Youth Bureau will also be closed on Monday and Tuesday of next week.


Social Distancing & Reducing Density to Prevent Spread of COVID-19:

Earlier this week, the Governor announced measures aimed at further containing the spread of the virus by prohibiting gatherings of 500 or more people and requiring that gatherings of less than 500 people reduce their capacity by 50% effective Today at 5 PM. The Governor did not put an end date on these restrictions, but said the state is re-evaluating daily.

The state is advising businesses around the state to think about ways in which they can “reduce density” through options such as telecommuting and shift changes if possible. Reducing density (that is, reducing the number and type of situations that bring a large number of people together in close quarters), along with increasing testing capacity, is a top priority of the state as a means of stopping the spread of the virus.

Announcements:
City buildings and facilities continue to be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day. We continue to make this a priority. In our parking garages, we have commenced a twice daily sanitizing procedure that includes all pay stations, parking offices, and elevators.

White Plains Public Library

The White Plains Public Library, along with many other libraries in Westchester, will suspend all intra-library and inter-library loans for the foreseeable future. We believe this is in the best interest of both staff and patrons. This means library patrons will no longer receive items from other libraries and we will no longer send out our items to other libraries. If you have a hold on material owned by White Plains, then it will be held for you like always. However, you may still return your items to any library in the Westchester Library System and borrow materials from any library. We know that this is an important service, and we plan to bring it back as soon as possible.

As a precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and support the City of White Plains’ efforts to promote social distancing, the White Plains Public Library has suspended all programming and events through March 31.  The Library will remain open during our regular hours.

Recreation & Parks Dept.

Out of concern for the health and well-being of our program participants, staff, and fellow residents the Recreation and Parks Department has decided to cancel all programs and activities effective March 13th until further notice, as a precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus and support the City of White Plains’ efforts to promote social distancing. We do not take this action lightly and came to this conclusion after careful consideration and discussion with public health experts. We hope this passes very shortly and that activities can begin with a healthy and robust spring season. We wish you safety and good health!

Senior programs held at the White Plains Community Center, 65 Mitchell Place, will be suspended effective Friday, March 13th through Sunday, March 29th. 

Youth Bureau

The White Plains Youth Bureau will suspend the following Saturday programs beginning this Saturday, March 14th:
Boys Academy

Girls Academy

Battle Hill Teen Lounge Program

My Brother’s Keeper Program

The Open Gym Program

The Girls Rosebud Program

Music Program

Programs are currently scheduled to re-start on Saturday, April 11th.


Program and Event Cancellations & Postponements:

The White Plains St. Patrick’s Day Parade scheduled for Saturday, March 14th, has been canceled.

White Plains Library Foundation 25th Anniversary Gala scheduled for March 14th, has been postponed.

AARP has decided to suspend the AARP Tax Aide program at the White Plains Public Library for the weeks of 3/16 and 3/24. They will re-evaluate after the 24th. Please check the Library website, https://whiteplainslibrary.org/, for updates.

The Youth Bureau’s Women in STEM Forum scheduled for Sunday, March 29th will be moved to the fall.

The Youth Bureau’s Grandpas United Sports Talk scheduled for Monday, March 30th has been canceled.

The Youth Bureau Arts Show: Soulful Homecoming scheduled for Thursday, April 2nd, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 2nd.

The STEAM Fair/Youth Bureau Open House scheduled for Saturday, April 25th has been canceled. The Open House will be rescheduled for the fall. The STEAM Fair will not be rescheduled.

Thank you,

Mayor Tom Roach

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