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With summer in full swing, county officials are monitoring whether there is a bump in COVID-19 cases in Westchester due to residents returning home from vacations or from visitors who reside in coronavirus hot spots, County Executive George Latimer said Monday.

While Gov. Andrew Cuomo has imposed a 14-day quarantine for people coming in from states suffering from a high rate of COVID-19 cases, Latimer said the county will monitor spikes when they arise and see if they come from out-of-state travel. 

"That there is a great concern that over the next six weeks of summer time, vacation travel – that is where we have to look to make sure there is no reoccurrence of infections," Latimer said. "And that is a very difficult thing to administer." 

With commercial flights paused at Westchester County Airport, it is harder to ensure quarantine orders are being followed if people travel by vehicle, Latimer said. 

Last month's Chappaqa cluster was the result of a family that recently traveled back from Florida, which has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases, Latimer noted. 

There are 472 active cases and 35,799 overall cases since March in the county, Latimer said. Hospitalizations were at 47, as of Saturday, and there have been no COVID-19 related deaths the last four days, Latimer said. 

Latimer said there is no evidence of spikes stemming from Independence Day festivities or graduation celebrations outside of the Chappaqua cluster.

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There have been 374,827 COVID-19 tests conducted overall, Latimer said. About one of of ten residents have been positive for the coronavirus, Latimer said.  

"That's a sign that the infection has not roared back and become what it was in late March and early April," Latimer said. 

David Propper covers New Rochelle and the shore towns. Reach him at dpropper@lohud.com and follow him on Twitter: dg_props. Our local coverage is only possible with support from our readers. Sign up for a digital subscription here.

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