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Gov. Kate Brown is worried about rural hospitals, protective equipment and money as the state responds to the coronavirus

Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday wrote federal authorities, asking for money and equipment to deal with cornavirus. (Oregon Capital Bureau)

Oregon could face a shortage of equipment used to protect health care providers from the coronavirus and rural hospitals could find themselves short-staffed as the state confronts the outbreak, Gov. Kate Brown warned Tuesday.

She also said the state will need millions of dollars in financial support from the federal government to handle the impacts of COVID-19 across the state.

The governor cited the concerns in a March 3 letter to Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the federal response to the outbreak of the virus.

The letter was sent following a briefing Pence gave to governors on the response to the outbreak that has caused nine deaths in the U.S . . .