Minnesota hospitals preparing for coronavirus

At HCMC in Minneapolis, leaders have backup plans if ventilators are all in use, such as pulling ventilator equipment off ambulances or repurposing devices that deliver anesthesia, but there are limits.

“We don’t want to get there,” said Dr. John Hick, an HCMC physician and emergency preparedness expert. “It’s really important that we do our best to try and control the spread of this disease.”