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COVID-19 numbers are rapidly increasing across the country and how here at home in Erie County.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo visited an upstate nursing home and released new numbers on the coronavirus Sunday, as the total number of New Yorkers who have died from the virus reached  9,385. Cuomo says the daily death toll, at 758, has not decreased significantly in several days, when the numbers have ranged from around 780 to a high of 799 for the previous four days.

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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul dismissed as "fearmongering" the concerns raised by local officials regarding the possible transfer of ventilators from local hospitals to New York City. 

New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, is scrambling to obtain ventilators wherever it can find them. The state ordered 17,000 of the lifesaving devices from the federal government, but "that order never came through," Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters at a news conference Saturday.

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It’s a move many in the upstate healthcare industry are resisting. But Governor Andrew Cuomo says it’s about saving lives and containing the COVID-19 outbreak.

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On the highest single day increase in coronavirus deaths and new hospitalizations in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is mandating that upstate hospitals share their spare ventilators with downstate hospitals that are overwhelmed with dealing with COVID-19 patients and rapidly running out of the machines. 

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South Buffalo's Tesla gigfactory may reopen, not to make solar panels, but desperately needed ventilators for COVID-19 patients.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s been working closely with President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top White House aide, Jared Kushner, to get New York ventilators as the number of coronavirus cases continues to escalate. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is among those calling on the federal government to invoke the Defense Production Act so the Trump Administration can order factories to produce badly needed hospital gear to combat the coronavirus. Cuomo also says he’s looking at ways to allow mail-in balloting for the April 28 presidential primary.