Erie County to establish coronavirus task force

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Photo credit Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz assessing the Buffalo Convention Center/Erie County Photo

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - As the number of coronavirus cases in Erie County continues to escalate, the county is establishing a task force to address the situation and its wide-ranging economic implications. Additional details of the task force are expected to be released sometime next week.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced that as of Friday evening, there are 310 confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been six deaths related to the virus.  27 individuals are described to be 'recovered' from the virus.  There are 52 individuals admitted to hospitals in Erie County for COVID-19.

Very sad news to report again from @ECDOH, today we had our 6th death related to the Coronavirus/Covid-19: a woman in her 40s.Also, there were 89 NEW positive cases in total today. Our total positives cases is now 310, though in good news, 27 have recovered.

— Mark Poloncarz (@markpoloncarz) March 28, 2020

The numbers continue to escalate across Erie County and Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says, "We haven't even nearly reached our peak".  Burstein is expecting additional fatalities and urges continued social distancing.