The coronavirus death toll in Westchester County climbed to 838 Wednesday, even as the number of active cases and hospitalizations dipped downward.
Twenty-nine Westchester residents died in a 24-hour period, County Executive George Latimer said in a news briefing Wednesday.
Despite those grim statistics, there were promising signs that social distancing measures were effectively slowing the spread in the region.
Westchester now has fewer than 1,000 people hospitalized due to the outbreak and 9,389 active cases overall, down from 11,200 two weeks ago, Latimer said. The number of active cases dropped under 10,000 on Tuesday, with officials saying it was a sign of the flattening of the curve.
“But the numbers are still high and there’s still the potential for there to be any surge in actives as we continue to do our testing,” Latimer said during the briefing, held on Zoom to observe social distancing.
In that same two-week period that active cases has declined, the number of deaths of county residents has jumped by 500. Of those deaths, 269 were attributed to nursing or assisted-living facilities, New York state data show.
The state categorizes its deaths by the residence of the person who dies and where they died. There have been 932 people who died within the county due to the virus and its resulting sickness COVID-19.
The total number of positive cases in the county increased to 25,276 as of Wednesday out of 75,574 tests administered, the highest per capita of testing in the state.
Latimer’s office released a map showing the total number of cases by town, but there is a significant lag in the data when compared to the state totals. That means the town results are far fewer than the more than 25,000 known cases in Westchester.