Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday an executive order that will allow New York State to take ventilators and personal protective equipment from hospitals that do not need immediately them and distribute them to hospitals with immediate needs. 

During a briefing, Cuomo said, "I don't have an option, and I am not going to get into a situation where we know we are running out of ventilators, and we could have people dying because there are no ventilators. But there are hospitals in other parts of the state that have ventilators that they're not using. I am just not going to allow us to go there. I think it would be wholly irresponsible."

In a tweet, Cuomo emphasized, “The National Guard will be mobilized to move ventilators to where they are urgently required to save lives."

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The governor said hospitals will either be reimbursed or have their equipment returned at a later date.

“We heard the governor’s comments,” Upper Allegheny Health System communications specialist Janene Coldren responded in an email to TAPinto Greater Olean's query. “We have no specific requests or information relative to ventilators being redistributed to hospitals downstate.”

UAHS is the parent company for Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center.

For more information on the Coronavirus in the Greater Olean area, visit  TAPinto Greater Olean's Coronavirus Updates page, which is updated continuously.

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