Area COVID-19 death toll continues to rise

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The number of people to die from effects of the coronavirus are continuing to increase.

In Orange County, the death toll is now up to 51, according to the county executive’s office.

 Westchester County Executive George Latimer is directing flags at all county facilities to be flown at half-staff in honor of Westchester residents who have died from coronavirus.

“These are not just numbers on a growing chart, these are our neighbors. As we continue to show strength and resilience as we fight this virus, we must remember the importance of grieving the ones we have lost. My condolences go out to the families and friends of those who have left us too soon,” County Executive George Latimer said.

Everyone is reminded to practice social distancing, staying at least six feet apart to prevent the spread of the virus.

(Motorcycle social distancing? Watch video above.)

Listen to a special report with Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman.