(Bismarck, ND) -- North Dakota Department of Health ambulances are on standby to assist with hospital transfers if needed.  

The state has four ambulances ready to go in the Bismarck-Mandan area to help transfer patients if the health system becomes overwhelmed. Three of the four ambulances are leased through an out-of-state distributor and are being staffed by the state's temporary COVID response team.  

The ambulances are being funded with COVID relief money.