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WPHCommunityMessageAs White Plains Hospital meets the demand of an influx of COVID-19 patients, its teams are working around the clock to heal the sick and prevent the spread of disease.

The hospital has been flooded with an outpouring of community support—whether it’s donated food, supplies, or heartfelt tributes. More people are reaching out every day to ask “How can I help?”

Here's a community outreach opportunity that’s available to everyone and would mean so much at this time.

A messaging frame is available to all via download here. People can use it to write a message, draw a picture or get creative to celebrate these essential frontline workers. These messages can be shared on social media with #WPHCommunityLove, and emailed to: wphcmail@wphospital.org or mailed to: White Plains Hospital Community Love, 101 East Post Road, White Plains, NY 10601.

All messages will be on display at the Hospital for all frontline workers to read during shift changes and breaks. In addition, those wishing to make a donation to the Hospital during this critical time can do so here: https://www.wphospital.org/covid19help

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SMGHow many of your neighbors are infected with the virus? It's a question on our minds. Now we know. On the evening of March 23, 2020 Greenburgh Town Supervisor released the following numbers about the local COVID-19 outbreak.

According to Feiner to date 20,875 people in New York State have tested positive for the virus and 157 people have died. The 20,875 cases are a 57.07% increase from Sunday. He also shared that 2,635 people have been hospitalized with 621 in intensive care.

Here are the number of positives by town in our area:

Unincorporated Greenburgh 43
Mt. Vernon 70
New Rochelle 223
Scarsdale 35
Yonkers 145
White Plains 54

In Westchester County, there are 2,894 people testing positive. This count is from the New York State Department of Health.

It also appears that the Scarsdale Medical Group on Heathcote Road has set up an outdoor area to test or triage Corona patients. We inquired about how residents can get tested but received no response. If you have details please comment below or email us at scarsdalecomments@gmail.com.

pizzaDear Friends: We hope this note finds you well and safe during this strange and unsettling time. As we are all aware, we owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude to our dedicated healthcare workers, many of whom are our friends and neighbors and will be working around the clock on the frontlines of this crisis. Many will not be able to see loved ones and children for long periods of time due to risk of exposure.

We have coordinated with White Plains Hospital administration and found a suitable way to thank our health care professionals for their service and tremendous sacrifice. We are organizing meals to be delivered to the emergency room doctors, nurses and staff at White Plains Hospital throughout the coming weeks. We will order from local restaurants which, no doubt, will also be challenged during this difficult time. The hospital and emergency department are appreciative of this outpouring of support.

White Plains Hospital will be accepting donations for this purpose. You can contribute by following this link. All donations are tax-deductible. Should restaurants be forced to close in the coming days, your donation will be rolled into a general donation fund to the hospital.

Thank you for your support. We hope you and your families stay healthy.

Warmly,

Rachel Krisbergh, Jennifer Galeon, and Dara Gruenberg

GovernorCuomoThe number of positive cases of Coronavirus in Westchester County climbed from 538 on March 18 to 798 on Friday March 20. Westchester County is second in the state to NYC where the count has jumped to almost 4,000. As a result, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new restrictions calling them “the most drastic actions he can take.”

On Friday March 20 Cuomo said, “I will sign an Executive Order mandating that 100% of workforce must stay home, excluding essential services. This order excludes pharmacies, grocery stores, and others. This goes into effect on Sunday night March 21 at 8 pm.”

He recommended that seniors over 70, immuno compromised people and those with underlying illness do the following:

-Remain indoors to the greatest extent possible.
-Go outside for solitary exercise
-Pre-screen all visitors by taking their temperatures
-Wear a mask when in the company of others and ask everyone in their presence to wear a mask.
-Stay six feet away from individuals
-Do not take public transportation unless it is urgent and absolutely necessary.

For others he said outdoor exercise should be solitary and barred any group activities like ball games.

All barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing salons, nail salons, hair removal services and related personal care services will be closed to the public effective Saturday, March 21 at 8:00PM.

Casinos, gyms, theaters are closed until further notice. Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout can be ordered during the period of closure.

The Governor said these provisions will be legally enforced and there will be fines for those who violate them.

New York State is waiving all park fees in state, local and county parks.

Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.

Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.

personal errandsAre you quarantined, feeling sick or afraid to go out? If so, your neighbors would like to help. We have received inquiries from people in Scarsdale who are willing to do errands or make a delivery for those in need.

If you need a favor, go to the site's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Scarsdale10583/

Scroll down to our post about requesting help - and post your name, email address and phone number and a description of what you would like to be done.

If you would like to help by doing errands, you can also post your name and phone number or email address so that others know they can reach out to you.

When a task is completed, please email us at scarsdalecomments@gmail.com so we can remove your post.

Also – if you have comments or questions, feel free to email us at scarsdalecomments@gmail.com.

Check in with the Elderly

Also, Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service’s Aging in Place Initiative would like to remind all residents to please be mindful of your elderly neighbors and friends during this period of time surrounding COVID-19.

The elderly are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of their age or because of underlying health problems. It is extra important for the elderly to take actions to reduce their risk of contracting the virus and therefore they have been encouraged to avoid public settings.

Please consider simple gestures like calling to check in with your elderly neighbors and possibly assisting with groceries. These acts are particularly meaningful and necessary during this uncertain time.

Guidelines for COVID-19 care and prevention are outlined on reliable sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Westchester County. www.cdc.gov and www.westchestergov.com.

For additional information, the New York State Health Department Hotline 1-888-364-3065 offers experts on hand to answer questions relating to COVID-19.

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