Westchester County Executive Latimer: Contact tracing program underway

Westchester County Executive George Latimer is providing a coronavirus update.

News 12 Staff

May 27, 2020, 6:47 PM

Updated 1,452 days ago


Westchester County Executive Latimer: Contact tracing program underway
Westchester County Executive George Latimer provided a coronavirus update Wednesday with District Attorney Anthony Scarpino and other officials.
Latimer said there were 1,575 active cases of COVID-19, which is down from 1,665 Tuesday. He says the county continues to have a seven-week decline.
The total number of positive cases rose to 33,186.
Latimer said less than 400 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized. 
He said there was a total of 1,352 deaths, with seven deaths overnight. He discussed the Ribbons of Remembrance program at Lenoir Preserve in Yonkers. Anyone can go down there during the daylight hours and take a ribbon and make a notation about a loved one who was lost to COVID-19 The ribbon can be placed on one of the trees there to remember the loved one. 
Latimer said 145,385 people, or 14.5% of the county, has been tested.
He said that the contact tracing program is underway with a goal of more than 800 tracers. 
Latimer also said that by the end of the week, he will announce a reopening task force that will help with opening the county. 
He said phase 1 of reopening is underway and discussed the businesses that are open. 
DA Scarpino says police have arrested and arraigned two 23-year-olds for hate crime acts involving spray painting of swastikas, anti-Semitic and other hate graffiti on community walls near Scouts Field. He said one of the suspects left his wallet at the scene. 
A woman reported the graffiti on Monday and officials say there was video of the incident. The arrest was made on Tuesday. They are due in Bronxville court sometime in July. 
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