Colleges and universities should follow the model of hospitals and the overall health care system when reopening, Rep. Thomas Reed said Tuesday.

“We have coordinated with our hospitals and health networks across the district and across the Western New York region from Buffalo to Rochester to Jamestown to being in a pledge and a commitment to work together,” Reed told reporters during his weekly media call.

Reed, whose district includes the Greater Olean area, said he has conducted calls daily with hospitals, health networks and medical providers since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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He also said he has conducted regular meetings with St. Bonaventure University President Dennis DePerro and Alfred University President Mark Zupan.

“They’re smaller institutions, and they can learn from each other,” Reed said. “Their intent is to make sure they’re not duplicating efforts. They’re being as effective and resourceful as possible to meet the needs of their students.”

To ensure a safe return for students, Reed said higher education institutions must be provided with the resources such as information from the Centers for Disease Control. The schools also should share best practices with each other, he added.

Colleges and universities will reopen in phase four of state’s reopening process. The Western New York Region began phase one Tuesday.

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