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Top health official outlines Arizona’s plan for coronavirus ventilators

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PHOENIX — Arizona Department of Health Services Director Cara Christ announced that funding is being directed to help hospitals purchase ventilators to treat coronavirus patients.

During a Monday press conference lead by Gov. Doug Ducey, Christ said that $10 million from the Public Health Emergency Fund will be used in an attempt to increase the state’s current count of about 1,000 ventilators.

She added that the department continues to monitor its request to the Department of Health and Human Services for an additional 5,000 machines.

Anesthesiology devices that are used in outpatient procedures may also be converted into ventilators for treating coronavirus patients, according to Christ.

Christ also said that Arizona currently has 181,260 masks, 532,500 surgical face masks, 54,048 face shields, nearly 60,000 surgical gowns and more than 430,000 gloves.

During the same press conference, Ducey announced a statewide stay-at-home order, mandating that residents remain indoors except for their “essential” needs.

On Monday morning, ADHS announced that coronavirus cases in the state increased to 1,157 with a death toll of 20.

For all articles, information and updates on the coronavirus from KTAR News, visit ktar.com/coronavirus.

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