Some 108 Westchester County residents died related to the coronavirus over a four-day stretch, bringing the county death toll up to 743 as of Monday.
“That means 743 were alive on the first day of March that are not alive today, on the 20th day of April,” County Executive George Latimer said in his daily media briefing.
Despite the sharp increase in deaths since the 668 reported on Thursday, the number of active cases and hospitalizations has largely leveled off, Latimer said.
“Right now we seem to have weathered, at least for what is this cycle of it, the larger storm,” Latimer told reporters during the briefing, held on Zoom to maximize social distancing.
There were 1,089 people hospitalized out of 10,080 active cases on Monday, both of which represent slight decreases over a two-week period, Latimer said. That is giving officials reason to believe that the county’s 3,000-hospital bed capacity won’t be pushed beyond its limits as many feared it would due to the virus and its resulting sickness, COVID-19.
After Latimer’s briefing, his office released the total of positive tests by town in Westchester and the county’s population centers remain the areas where infection appears to be most common.
In total, there have been 23,803 positive tests in Westchester out of more than 70,000 administered. There is a lag between the state releasing data on positive tests and Westchester confirming them by municipality, meaning many of the statewide cases have yet to be linked to a specific town in the county.
As a result, the town-by-town totals are far fewer than what the state is reporting as a countywide number.
New York state tracks deaths related to the outbreak by residency and by the location of the death. There have been 867 deaths in the county attributed to the outbreak.