Latimer asks federal gov't for help, says county doesn't have facilities to handle expected COVID-19 cases over next

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Westchester County Executive George Latimer is joining Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call on the federal government for help.

Just like Cuomo, Latimer is sounding the alarm that Westchester doesn't have the facilities to handle the expected coronavirus surge over the next few weeks.

The state believes the number of coronavirus cases will peak over the next 14-21 days.

Latimer says the county just doesn't have enough beds to handle that kind of massive increase in hospitalizations.

Currently, Westchester has 3,000 hospital beds and 160 intensive care unit beds.

The county has nearly 4,000 cases since March 1.

The hospitalization rate is around 12%, and of those in the hospital, 23% need intensive care statewide.

County officials are looking for solutions to treat everybody.

"We don't write those people off, we don't see a mine disaster and just close up the front of the mine and say those people are lost. We try our very best to save those very people as best as we can. And that is the situation that we are in now. We have human life that's at stake depending on how this contagion expands," says Latimer.

The temporary FEMA hospital at the Westchester County Center is set to open up next week and will help ease the burden, but the 250 additional beds won't quite be enough.

Latimer has also offered up Rye Playland and FDR Park in Yorktown as future sites the state could use to open up more mobile testing sites.

Cases in Westchester by municipality:

Ardsley 3

Bedford 9

Briarcliff Manor 9

Bronxville 9

Buchanan 0

Cortlandt 28

Croton-on-Hudson 5

Dobbs Ferry 16

Eastchester 35

Elmsford 5

Greenburgh 61

Harrison 29

Hastings-on-Hudson 11

Irvington 7

Larchmont 13

Lewisboro 7

Mamaroneck Town 18

Mamaroneck Village 16

Mount Kisco 18

Mount Pleasant 30

Mount Vernon 81

New Castle 13

New Rochelle 225

North Castle 13

North Salem 2

Ossining Town 7

Ossining Village 35

Peekskill 25

Pelham 17

Pelham Manor 11

Pleasantville 14

Port Chester 45

Pound Ridge 1

Rye Brook 16

Rye City 14

Scarsdale 38

Sleepy Hollow 17

Somers 8

Tarrytown 12

Tuckahoe 7

White Plains 65

Yonkers 191

Yorktown 30

Total: 1216

NOTE –

  • Town numbers reflect the unincorporated sections of the part of town outside villages within the town.
  • Numbers reflect the actual residents of the municipality, not “zip code” residents who live in an adjacent community.
  • Data lags state number by as much as 3 days, due to State release of data to the County only after the tested individual has been informed of their status.  

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