Coronavirus cases skyrocket in North Salem in December
The Town of North Salem set a new monthly record for coronavirus cases this month. As of Tuesday, December 28, the town recorded 119 infections in December, the highest monthly total since the pandemic began. There are 80 active cases in town as of Wednesday, December 29, according to Town Supervisor Warren Lucas.
Late last week, Healthy Therapeutics, a drive-through COVID-19 testing site in Somers, was forced to temporarily close after surging demand at the facility created hazardous conditions on surrounding roads. “We are working on hiring security to manage the car lines to ensure all remain safe,” said an announcement on the company’s website.
At 9:00 a.m. on Christmas Eve, Lucas, along with local residents Bruce Colley and Kurt Guldan, distributed free at-home test kits to town residents. The kits were provided to Westchester municipalities as part of a county-wide initiative. A total of 950 test kits were distributed in North Salem within a 75-minute period. “At 8:45 the parking lot was already full and there were cars out on Route 116 waiting to get in,” Lucas said. Fifty kits were distributed to North Salem police and highway departments.
The Westchester County government announced earlier this week that it would open a free, by-appointment-only testing site at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. As of Wednesday evening, the center’s website showed no available testing appointments through January 28, 2022.