YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Supervisor Matt Slater announced that a Yorktown resident has died from COVID-19 during his daily briefing on Friday, April 3.

Slater said the town is withholding the name "out of respect for the family."

"I knew this individual personally. She was a personal friend of the family. She had a true Yorktown attitude and a smile that could warm the coldest day," Slater said. “On behalf of the entire town board and town of Yorktown, our heartfelt prayers go out to her family during this incredibly difficult time."

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"We can't let her be just a number," Slater continued. "This revelation, this unfortunate news really needs to prove the seriousness of the situation that we're all facing, that our community is facing. Choices do matter. We can't be careless with our neighbors' lives. The decisions we make don't just impact ourselves, don't just impact our families, but they impact our neighbors and even complete strangers."

He acknowledged that it's a scary time for everyone and urged residents to practice compassion.

"It's a time for us to be more sensitive and a time for us to just love more, not just the people who we know but the people we don't know," Slater said. "This is a fight like we've never seen, but Yorktown doesn't back down from a fight."