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Arizona lowers federal ventilator request as supply dwindles

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Posted at 1:09 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 16:09:03-04

GLENDALE, Ariz (AP) — Arizona has little hope of getting the 5,000 ventilators it originally requested from the dwindling national stockpile so it has revised its request down to fewer than the 500 it expects to need soon to treat coronavirus patients.

The director of the Health Services Department says the ventilators will be used to equip every bed in a now-closed Phoenix hospital and some will be sent to the Navajo Nation. An outbreak there has spread widely.

On Monday, the state was up to 2,465