Westchester County and hotels team up to house healthcare workers

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Cambria Hotel in White Plains

WHITE PLAINS – As healthcare workers in Westchester, and all over the world, put their lives on the line to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, Westchester County is aiming to do all that they can to support them. 

The Westchester Hotel Association and Westchester County Tourism & Film teamed up to match guest room donations to local hospitals, for use by critical staff they designate. That can allow those workers to lessen their commutes between long shifts and to reduce possible exposure for their families.

So far, over 400 free room-nights have been committed for local healthcare workers’ use by:

Cambria Hotel White Plains Downtown, to Westchester Medical Center

Comfort Inn & Suites, Hawthorne, to Westchester Medical Center

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown, to Phelps Memorial Hospital

Holiday Inn Mount Kisco, to Northern Westchester Hospital

Those properties – and 22 more Westchester hotels and motels – have also agreed to offer additional rooms for healthcare providers and emergency responders at deeply discounted rates. These rates and booking information for eligible workers are listed online at www.visitwestchesterny.com/hotels/covid-19-response/

Sean Meade, general manager of the Cambria Hotel and president of the Westchester Hotel Association said hotels in the county “are normally competitors, but the pandemic is prompting us to come together as one team to defeat a common enemy, COVID-19. With this program, we serve our community together and help each other through this tough time.”

Westchester County municipalities are also part of the effort, such as White Plains’ donation of free parking at City Hall, just across the street from the Cambria Hotel, for the healthcare workers temporarily lodging there.