NEW YORK (77 WABC) — A cluster in Westchester has grown to 19 people testing positive for COVID-19.
It started with a drive-in graduation ceremony for seniors of Horace Greeley High School at the Chappaqua Metro North station. Two families connected to the graduation class returned from a trip to Florida, which is experiencing a record high amount of coronavirus cases.
The county is in the process to doing contact tracing and isolating anyone who came in close proximity to those individuals.
New York saw its the first cluster in March when one person in New Rochelle spread the coronavirus within the community, causing Governor Cuomo to created a one-mile containment zone.
“Where are different today than we were four months ago, number one, we have much greater testing capacity,” Westchester County George Latimer told WABCRadio.com.
He said there was no COVID-19 testing in those early days of the virus and contact tracing was not in place.
Another vital difference with this cluster is the compliance with masks and social distancing. He does anticipate a spike in numbers, but “we have a reasonable game plan in dealing with it.”
Additionally, places like movie theaters are not open yet across the region, where the virus could have a better chance of spreading to others.
Latimer doesn’t plan to change any restart measures, as long as the cluster remains isolated and doesn’t grow to people outside of the graduation or subsequent Field Night.
“We don’t think yet what we’re seeing in this one spike warrants that type of action,” Latimer said.