This story has been updated.
As the number of cases and deaths related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) grow in what is now the epicenter of the pandemic, New York State
The website will be updated daily with the latest data each day and can be accessed here.
It includes a county-by-county breakdown of cases. (See first image above.)
As of Saturday afternoon, more than 113,704 have tested positive statewide, with by far the most in New York City with 63,306 (6,147).
Here's a breakdown of counties in the region:
- 13,081 (730 new cases) in Westchester,
- 13,346 (1,322 new cases) in Nassau,
- 11,370 (1,216 new cases) in Suffolk,
- 4,872 (583 new cases) in Rockland,
- 2,741 (344 new cases) in Orange County,
- 938 (129 new cases) in Dutchess,
- 290 (27 new cases) in Ulster,
- 283 (31 new cases) in Putnam,
- and 193 (25 new cases) in Sullivan.
A total of 3,565 have now died of COVID-19 in New York, with 2,624 of the deaths in New York City. (See second image above.)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced some good news in the state's quest to get as many ventilators as possible before the apex number of hospitalizations related to the virus is expected to hit later this month.
The Chinese government is donating 1,000 ventilators to New York and Oregon in sending 140 ventilators to the state, which Cuomo said New York will not only return after they are no longer needed, but will send twice the number of ventilators back to Oregon as a gesture of appreciation.
"Every emergency situation is unique," Cuomo said. "With (Superstorm) Sandy (in 2012), we needed 1,000 portable generators immediately. There's always a particular circumstance that really you never could have anticipated.
"In this situation, it's ventilators. The major of these (COVID-19) patients do not require surgeries.
"It's a respiratory illness. Their lungs are damaged.
"The average length a (non-COVID) patient stays on a ventilator is three to four days. COVID patients are on ventilators for an average of 11 to 21 days, exacerbating the problem."
Also exacerbating the problem is the cost.
"When we started buying them, they were about $25,000," Cuomo said. "Now, the price is $45,000 because of the demand and you can't find them anywhere."
The National Basketball Association is also contributing one million surgical masks for New York's essential workers in collaboration with the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and China's New York Consul General Huang Ping.
Cuomo will also issue an executive order allowing medical students that are slated to graduate to begin practicing immediately to help with the state's surge health care force.
To date, 85,000 health professionals, including 22,000 out-of-state individuals, have signed up to volunteer as part of the state's surge healthcare force during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
"This pandemic has been stressing our nation on every level and we are doing everything in our power to prepare for the fight that will come at the apex," Cuomo said.
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