CHAPPAQUA, NY — The number of new coronavirus cases resulting from a graduation ceremony and after parties is now up to 19, according to Westchester County Executive George Latimer. He said, during his COVID-19 news conference Tuesday, that the county doesn't know how many more there will be. Fourteen cases were announced Monday.
Latimer said the county saw an increase in confirmed positive tests for the virus from 18 on Monday to 40 as of Tuesday.
"To have 40 new cases probably reflects that the spike is showing its presence," he said.
Because young people came from other communities and school districts to attend the after-graduation party, Latimer said we may see the number of positive cases increase elsewhere in the county, not just in the town of New Castle.
The jump in positive cases was determined to be related to the June 20 Horace Greeley High School drive-in graduation ceremony held at the Chappaqua Train Station parking lot and related parties.
The events over two days drew the school's more than 300 graduates as well as family members, school staff and other students and teens from nearby communities.
County health officials have urged anyone who attended the ceremony or the parties to quarantine themselves for 14 days. They cautioned the public that, if you were to test negative, you are not released from quarantine until the 14 days is over, which is July 5.
New Castle Police Chief James D. Carroll said additional officers were assigned to enforce pandemic protocol around the town. He said there are the possibilities for fines and imprisonment if people don't wear masks and observe social distancing.