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Administrators at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Rochester Regional Health have instructed staff to reuse masks in an effort to preserve their supply.

At both hospital systems, administrators said they were following state and federal guidance on infection control measures.

Neither hospital system said a shortage of personal protective equipment was imminent. Still, the supplies are finite, said Dr. Michael Apostolakos, the chief medical officer at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / Debora Cartagena

 

As the number of COVID-19 cases grows in western New York and the Finger Lakes, the supply of protective gear for medical workers is dwindling.

In particular, N95 masks, which health care workers use to protect themselves against the virus in close clinical settings, are running low.

Doctors and administrators at local health care systems have been quick to temper concerns, saying there is not an immediate crisis, but they are worried about running out of important equipment before supplies can be replenished.