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After Gov. Kate Brown orders ventilators sent to that hard-hit state, a Rochester resident expresses gratitude.

COURTESY PHOTO: KRISTYNA WENTZ-GRAFF, OHSU - COVID-19 blood testing state station.In an effort to help New York, which has the most cases of coronavirus in the nation, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has ordered the delivery of 140 ventilators to New York.

On Saturday, the Tribune received the following letter to the editor:

From the People of New York to the People in Oregon,

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for letting us use your ventilators. People lives will be saved because you care. As soon as we don't need then, they will be returning to you.

Thank you again.

Please put this into the papers with the most readers.

Dianne Linscott

Rochester, New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo thanked Brown on Saturday, and Brown's office released a statement, saying, "Gov. Brown made the decision to send 140 ventilators to help save the lives of New York's critical COVID-19 patients, because Oregon is in a better position right now.

"New York is the current epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States," the statement continued. "Their hospitals are at full capacity. At this stage in Oregon, our social distancing measures are helping to ensure that our hospitals have enough ventilators for our current number of COVID-19 patients. If Oregon later finds itself in need of ventilators, New York and other states will respond to our call for assistance."

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