Mount Vernon mayor: 70-year-old died from COVID-19; 2 confirmed cases in fire department

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Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard confirmed Saturday that the city’s first COVID-19 death was a 70-year-old man.

A fire official also confirmed that there are two confirmed cases of the virus within the city's fire department.

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Chief Kim Odindo says the firefighters are “doing well” and are at home with their families recovering.

The mayor also confirmed that a cluster of more than 10 cases have been reported at the Westchester Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. At least three of those patients have been hospitalized and staff that encountered the positive cases are now in self-quarantine.

Mount Vernon also announcing its only hospital will operate as usual, caring for patients, at least for now. A triage tent has also been set up outside while the city waits for approval to become a possible testing site. Last year, Montefiore Health System said it would close the hospital by the end of 2020 and replace it with an outpatient health center.

A Yonkers woman with coronavirus also died this weekend. She was in her 50s and had a pre-existing condition.

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