Westchester and surrounding counties

Most recent data: Sep 22, 2021

On Sep 22, 2021, 154 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus out of 7,925 tests reported in Westchester. This is a test positivity rate of 1.9%. Zero new deaths due to Covid-19 were reported on Sep 23, 2021. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 140,934 people have tested positive (1 in 7) and 2,328 have died in Westchester County (1 in 416).


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Deaths

Metro area cases

In the New York metropolitan area, the county with the most new cases per capita in the last seven days is Suffolk County, where there have been an average of 501 cases per day reported in the past week (34 per 100,000 residents). Sussex County is another recent hot spot, with 43 average daily cases cases reported in the past week (31 per 100,000). In Westchester County, 16 cases per 100,000 residents have been reported in the past week (154 new cases per day).

Throughout the pandemic, the counties that have had the largest share of their population test positive for coronavirus are Passaic (1 in 6) and Rockland (1 in 6). The counties that have had the fewest cases per capita are Litchfield (1 in 11) and Ulster (1 in 11). In Westchester County, 1 in 7 residents have tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic.

New cases per capita


The timing of outbreaks in counties in the New York metro area has varied. Some counties such as Rockland, Westchester, and Nassau had severe first waves in spring 2020. By contrast, other counties such as New Haven, Fairfield, Litchfield, had relatively mild first waves in the spring and more severe second waves in fall 2020. The chart below shows the number of cases per 100,000 residents from March 2020 through the present in each county.

Racial disparities

Most recent data: Jul 7, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected communities of color. Nationally, the COIVD Tracking Project estimates that Black people are dying from Covid-19 at 1.7 times the rate of White people. Latino and Native people are also dying more frequently from Covid-19 than white and Asian people. These national racial disparities are also evident in Westchester County. Black people make up 14% of the total population of the county, but have accounted for 18% of Covid-19 deaths.

The disparities are even more stark when taking age into account. Age-adjustment helps to compare groups by adjusting mortality rates for the different age distribution of each population. In Westchester, the median age of the white population is 48, while the median Latino person is 32 years old. The Black population is also younger than the white population, with a median age of 40. Because the white population is significantly older than the Black and Latino population, we would expect the Covid-19 mortality rate of white people to be higher than Black and Latino people.

In fact, we see the opposite. When accounting for the age of the white population in Westchester, 110 out of 100,000 people have died due to Covid-19. By contrast, 224 out of 100,000 Latinos have died and 210 out of 100,000 Black people have died.

The chart below shows both the age-adjusted and crude (un-adjusted) death rates per 100,000 Westchester residents by race and ethnicity.

Deaths in nursing homes

Most recent data: Jul 28, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has devastated long-term care facilities. The COVID Tracking Project estimates that 36% of all people in the US who died from Covid-19 were residents of long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

There have been 709 confirmed or presumed deaths to due Covid-19 of nursing home residents in Westchester County since the beginning of the pandemic. This is 31% of all deaths reported in Westchester.

Confirmed and presumed Covid-19 deaths of nursing home residents