Town reports 1.3% of North Salem residents tested positive for coronavirus in past two days


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North Salem Town Supervisor Warren Lucas reported Friday that over 1% of the Town has contracted coronavirus in the period between December 28 and December 29. “43 new cases in town as of 12/29, the most recent day reported,” Lucas shared on the town Facebook page. This figure represents a 36% jump from earlier this week, when 119 cases were reported. That number was already the highest monthly total since the pandemic began.

Here’s what else you need to know:

  • Dr. Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease expert at the University of Minnesota, told MSNBC, “we are going to see the number of cases in this country rise so dramatically, we are going to have a hard time keeping everyday life operating."
  • On Friday afternoon, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced "Winter Surge Plan 2.0," a targeted effort to bolster the state's fight against surging coronavirus cases. Click here for plan details.
  • The CDC shortened the recommended isolation time to 5 days for individuals exposed to a positive case or experiencing symptoms.
  • Cases are up 124% in Westchester County and 48% in Putnam County in the past 7 days, per CDC data
  • Hospitalizations are up 78% in Westchester County, but down 23% in Putnam County in the past 7 days, per CDC data.
  • Putnam County authorized local school districts to implement the “Test to Stay” program, clearing one potential hurdle for the North Salem Central School District in offering the program. The district had faced challenges in implementation equity, as the program was authorized in Westchester but not in Putnam. The school district includes residents from both counties.
  • Putnam County will offer free, walk-in rapid testing for residents at the Paladin Center in Carmel. The site will be open exclusively for school children weekdays from 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • Putnam County reported that record-breaking cases have exceeded their capacity to contact trace. Residents who test positive are advised to self-isolate and notify their close contacts.
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