OLEAN, NY – Personal protective equipment and testing are needed to manage the coronavirus pandemic, Rep Tom Reed said during a media call Tuesday.

Reed, whose district includes the Greater Olean area, said he has been working by phone with hospitals to address a shortage of masks in Cattaraugus Country, a similar situation for other counties throughout the state.

“By having those direct lines  of communications, I can tell you that it (COVID-19) is getting less and less pervasive over  the entire (Cattaraugus) county,” Reed said.

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Reed mentioned that volunteers made 4,000 masks for a medical facility in Cayuga County.

“​It’s these folks, I think​, once the dust settles, that we will have a chance to look back at as the heroes  that answered the call during these times,” he said.

Reed also said it will be important to make sure the nation has ample protective supplies when normal life returns.

“When we reopen America, we're going to want to make sure that that inventories are fully loaded,” he said.

Reed said the protective supplies he referred to come from private sectors, the New York State Office of Emergency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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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