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The Healthcare Association of New York State announced Monday a voluntary effort to redeploy available ventilators to areas where they are needed most.

This is in collaboration with the Governor’s Office. Officials say hospitals in regions currently with limited coronavirus cases are identifying ventilators and other machines that could be rapidly deployed if the need does arise. This means that equipment will stay put unless it is absolutely needed elsewhere.

If a hospital loans out a ventilator or other needed equipment, the partnership among officials has created a way for the hospital to be notified where their equipment is heading and a process to facilitate a smooth return.

“Hospitals continue to step up for their colleagues and the people of New York. They’re striking the right balance to protect their local community members while doing everything they can to save lives throughout the state,” said HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD.

Lewis County Health System is a member of HANYS.

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