CORONAVIRUS IN WESTCHESTER: County reports single-digit death toll every day this week

Empty streets, restaurants and cafes make up the business area in the one mile containment zone on March 11, 2020 in New Rochelle, New York.
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Westchester County's daily COVID-19 death toll has been in the single digits every day this week, County Executive George Latimer said Friday. 

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Six people in Westchester died of complications related to the virus overnight Thursday into Friday, Latimer said during his daily briefing on Friday afternoon. 

The county reported eight deaths on Thursday, seven deaths on Wednesday, three deaths on Tuesday and six deaths on Monday. 

Approximately 40 to 50 people were dying each night at the peak of the pandemic, Latimer noted. 

Latimer on Friday also reported 94 new COVID-19 cases. A total of 133,384 people in Westchester have now tested positive for the virus, and 1,319 have died. 

The county executive encouraged residents to enjoy the outdoors over Memorial Day Weekend, but said Westchester would still be monitoring to ensure people are wearing masks and socially distancing. 

“We are not looking to enforce these laws with a heavy hand; we are not looking to arrest people; we’re not looking to write tickets,” he said. “We want compliance, and not compliance because we want to govern people’s lives.” 

“We want people to have the life that they had before this started, but we can’t do that until the virus is in remission,” he added. “And right now, we’re making positive steps.”

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