Governor Loans 500 State-Owned ventilators to the Strategic National Stockpile inventory

Clay Curtis
April 8, 2020

As far as alternative care, Newsom said a variety of sites had been organized by county and state officials working in partnership as well as a number of federal medical stations. "It's not an indictment, it's not a cheap shot, at the end of the day, they don't have the masks at the national stockpile", Newsom told Maddow.

What he's saying: "The state of California has distributed 41 million N95 masks. we've received just over 1 million from the federal government".

The California National Guard flew ventilators Tuesday to New York, New Jersey and IL as part of an effort to help other states manage a crush of coronavirus hospitalizations, the governor's office said.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday said the state was making solid progress in meeting goals for the number of medical sites, personnel and equipment California will need to meet the anticipated surge of coronavirus patients.

Washington and OR are also sharing ventilators with hard-hit NY.

"The state of California has provided extraordinary and compassionate leadership for their citizens", Pence said Monday.

California has been hunting for ventilators to boost its own supply for weeks. The state will pay more as other shipments arrive, with a total estimated payment of $990 million, according to a letter the Newsom administration sent to the Legislature. Los Angeles got 170 ventilators from the stockpile, though many were broken.

Hydrogen fuel cell manufacturer Bloom Energy has dedicated a portion of its production plants in California and DE to repairing old ventilators.

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The Garden State will also have a huge shortage of beds, lacking more than 16,800, with more than 4,500, according to the data. The vast majority of cases remain in New York City, where more than 75,000 people are confirmed to have contracted the virus.

Virgin Orbit, billionaire Richard Branson's company that makes rockets, has developed a prototype for a "bridge ventilator" created to help patients breathe until they can be put on a traditional ventilator.

The virus has exploded in NY, where it has infected 123,160 people, killing 4,159 of them as of Monday. As of Monday the San Jose-based company had repaired 1,000 ventilators, and a spokeswoman said it has the capacity to refurbish 2,000 per week.

California is not the first state to donate critical medical equipment to the national stockpile.

Meanwhile, Newsom says about 2.3 million Californians have filed unemployment claims with the state.

California continues to prepare for a possible COVID-19 surge.

Newsom cautioned, however, that these numbers could go back up, adding that the latest figures "only reinforce the importance of maintaining physical distancing and continuing our stay-at-home policy".

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Sunday the state will return more than 400 ventilators of the 500 it got from the federal government so they can go to NY and other states. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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