(CBS DETROIT) – Detroit automakers are closing plants in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, but they might continue production of a with a different product.

According to the Detroit Free Press, both General Motors and Ford are talking with the federal government about making medical supplies.

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This comes as hospitals around the country report a shortage of supplies needed in the fight against COVID-19.

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Ford said in a statement, “As America’s largest producer of vehicles and top employer of autoworkers, Ford stands ready to help the administration in any way we can, including the possibility of producing ventilators and other equipment.”

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