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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)Update for Residents: March 18, 2020

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Dear Residents,

Today’s Update:

The numbers released by NY State today indicate Westchester County now has 538 cases of which 158 are new.  The numbers reflect the increase in numbers of people who are being tested and the spread of the contagion reinforcing the importance of social distancing.

There is a lag in the provision by the state of the numbers broken down by municipality.  We receive that information through Westchester County and the county is advocating for more rapid transfer of data from the state.  As a result information regarding current cases in White Plains is not contemporaneous.  The written data received from Westchester County today indicates 9 confirmed cases in White Plains.  This does not reflect any portion of the 158 new cases that may represent a White Plains resident at this time.  This number also differs from the 10 cases we were orally advised of yesterday and we are inquiring as to the reason for the difference. 

The Governor indicated today that the malls are now required to close.  This would result in the closure of The Westchester and The Galleria.  Target and Shoprite will remain open as essential businesses, grocery and pharmacy but other businesses in City Center will be closed.

We’ve received calls and questions about the closure of more businesses like hair and nail salons--In the Governor’s Executive Order, he superceded the power of local officials to close more businesses.  That is now a gubernatorial power, and we can expect more closures to be announced In the coming days.  He is coordinating with NJ and CT as he did with the other closures.

Access of public to City Hall will now be limited.  Please check the city website for further details or call the department you wish to make contact with prior to coming to City Hall.  All departments remain functioning with reduced in building staff. 

On the positive side testing capacity has increased dramatically, and the ability of an individual to get a test has improved.  We expect that to continue. 

We are updating information daily on our web page and through our social media accounts and we urge you to take advantage of that. 

What can you do?  Continue to follow the common sense recommendations we are all familiar with, avoid gatherings, stay home as much as you can and absolutely stay home if you are sick unless you are leaving home to obtain medical care.  None of this is easy but it will take all of us working together to fight this pandemic.  I know we’re up to it. 

Remember we are standing together by staying apart!

Thank you,
Mayor Tom Roach

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