Westchester County offers to help county Board of Elections during November election

County Executive George Latimer says the county has reached out to the county Board of Elections to help during the upcoming elections to try and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

News 12 Staff

Jul 27, 2020, 5:47 PM

Updated 1,396 days ago

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Westchester County offers to help county Board of Elections during November election
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County Executive George Latimer says the county has reached out to the county Board of Elections to help during the upcoming elections to try and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
BRIEFING NOTES:
- There are 472 active cases coronavirus in Westchester County. Latimer says this number is down by eight since Sunday.
- There are 47 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in the county, but that number is only from Saturday.
- Latimer says there have been no fatalities over the past for days.
- He says the county is approaching having 40% of its population being tested.
- Latimer says there were worries about a spike in cases following the Fourth of July, but there hasn't been much change in the current trends.
- He says the county is testing over 4,000 people per day, and that almost 5,000 people were tested Sunday.
- Latimer says there were two municipal pools, not run by the county, having cases of coronavirus. He says a pool in Mount Pleasant had someone tested positive, who has been quarantining and hasn't returned.
- Latimer says that there is still no decision on the reopening of schools in the county - he's waiting for the state to make the final decision.
- He says that there were over 9,000 courses played on county golf courses this weekend.
- Latimer says he is working with the state on the reopening of higher education facilities, including encouraging people coming into New York from out of state to quarantine.
- He says the county reached out to the county Board of Elections on how to protect from COVID-19. Latimer says the county has offered them four options to help decrease the spread of COVID-19 while voting:
  • additional polling place inspectors
  • replacement polling sites
  • marketing plan to encourage early voting
  • mailing out absentee ballots early
- He says the county Board of Elections does not report directly back to the county, but to the state.
- Latimer says that the county is also testing the waste water to track COVID-19.
- He says the county is also starting a push week for the census next week.
 


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