California COVID-19 hospitalizations double in four days -governor

A medical worker exits Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center’s emergency area yesterday

Through the partnership Bloom Energy will refurbish the ventilators and Almo will ship the ventilators to and from Bloom's manufacturing facilities in California and DE for refurbishment before shipment to the state agencies and hospitals.

Newsom made the announcement Monday as California surpassed 6,300 coronavirus cases in the state, the third most in the USA behind NY and New Jersey. "Ventilators provide the most effective intervention for COVID-19 patients in critical care, and the unites being refurbished here will save lives". In addition, more than one-third of the state's doctors and nurse practitioners are reaching retirement age. Even the batteries didn't work, the governor said.

Help arrived Friday in the form of the Navy hospital ship Mercy that docked in the Port of Los Angeles. Through a partnership with the state, Bloom Energy is working to refurbish ventilators in real time.

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an urgent call for healthcare workers to join the state in caring for an expected surge of COVID-19 patients while announcing an executive order to expand the services medical professionals can perform in their jobs. Some of them include The Gap and St. John Knits making masks, gowns and scrubs for hospital workers; and Anheuser-Busch and other distilleries pivoting operations to produce hand sanitizer for California food banks and vulnerable seniors. State officials have been preparing for a surge in hospitalizations and have scrambled to create the estimated 50,000 additional beds that could be needed.

Mr Newsom said the the original manufacturers had initially told him it would take a month to fix 200 ventilators, which help patients breathe if they are having difficulties due to Covid-19 or other diseases.

A medical worker sticks her head outside a COVID-19 testing tent set up outside Elmhurst Hospital Center in New York, Saturday, March 28, 2020. Before the tour of the Bloom facility in Sunnyvale on Saturday, his team had their temperatures checked, which he said was protocol every day for his administration. "But, you know, check in tomorrow".

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