NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that New York's death toll had surpassed 19,000 as he announced a partnership with neighboring states to procure PPE and other medical equipment amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Cuomo said there were 280 more deaths in the state since Saturday. The death toll is now 19,189, not including more than 5,000 "probable" deaths in New York City.
There were 312,977 cases in the state as of Sunday.
Cuomo said statewide hospitalizations had dropped below 10,000 for the first time since March. There were 9,786 hospitalized as of Sunday, he said.
The number of new patients hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide also dropped to 789. That number had been hovering around 900 or 1,000 for more than a week.
Cuomo was joined by Gov. Phil Murphy and Gov. Ned Lamont, as well as Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Delaware Gov. John Carney.
Cuomo announced that New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are launching a regional purchasing consortium to jointly procure PPE, tests, ventilators and other medical equipment.
"This will increase our market power and help prevent price-gouging," Cuomo said.
“The regional cooperation matters so much,” Murphy said, noting that "none of this is in lieu of our partnership with the federal government."
"We can do a lot more than if each one of us worked on our own," Wolf said.
States had been forced to compete with one another for the life-saving supplies. “If we’re going head to head with New York, we’re not going to get it,” Carney said.
Cuomo also announced that New York state will require all hospitals to have on hand a 90-day supply of PPE at quantities sufficient to meet the rate of use during the worst of the coronavirus crisis.