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Poloncarz: New COVID-19 numbers show "troubling trend" in Erie County

Posted at 9:52 AM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 18:22:50-04

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) — Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted Friday that newly-released COVID-19 numbers show a "troubling trend" in the county.

Poloncarz gets a full report on hospital admissions for each hospital every day. He merged the numbers from the past three days into a chart, and observed that from Tuesday to Thursday, hospital admissions more than doubled from 19 to 49 cases, and the number of people in ICU beds tripled, from 7 to 20.

There are 221 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County as of Friday morning, and five people have died as a result of the virus. Poloncarz also tweeted that the virus is likely "everywhere" across Erie County. He went on to ask people to stay home to help stop the spread.