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Erie County officials 'very worried' about more Covid-19 hospitalizations

Three more Covid-19-related deaths in Erie County, announced Friday afternoon, brought the county's total to 22.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz said county officials are "very worried" because of a higher number of hospitalizations.

At last count, there were 179 people hospitalized, including 90 being cared for in ICUs, he said. Of those, 79 patients were getting airway assistance, including ventilators, he said.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday morning said he will order upstate hospitals and other health care facilities in the state to turn over excess ventilators and personal protective equipment so they can be distributed to facilities in hot spots down state.

Poloncarz said he talked to the CEOs of Kaleida, Catholic Health System and Erie County Medical Center Friday.

"It is my understanding, based on those conversations, that all of our ventilators are being used right now in the hospitals," Poloncarz said. "There is not a single person who is going to have ventilator taken away in Erie County to send down state."

Erie County officials Friday afternoon also announced 68 new confirmed cases of Covid-19.

The new cases brings the county's total so far to 802, although Health Department officials caution that limited testing does not give a full picture of the virus's spread.

During Andrew M. Cuomo's news conference Saturday morning, he showed Erie County's total to be 808.

Niagara County announced 12 new confirmed Covid-19 cases Friday.

Poloncarz also said that there is no discrimination in testing based on where people live, or their race.

The county executive said there are no cases reported at either the Erie County Holding Center or the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden. There are cases in the state-run Wende Correctional Facility, which account for all 13 cases in Alden, he said.

Poloncarz said Erie County will have an updated map by Monday with a breakdown by ZIP codes.

[Related: Erie County's COVID-19 cases, by town, day]

As of Friday afternoon, the number of people in the state who had died from the outbreak was 2,935, with 562 deaths in the last 24 hours, the largest single-day increase. In all, 102,863 people have tested positive in New York State. More than half of the cases have been reported in New York City.

[Related: See Erie County's map of where Covid-19 cases are]

[Related: Where Western New York's coronavirus cases are, county by county]

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