California Expands Healthcare Capacity Before Anticipated COVID-19 Peak
By California Chronic Care Coalition
April 7, 2020
In Gov. Newsom’s latest press update, he shared
important developments of the state of COVID-19 in California.
Here are some key takeaways:
California will be lending 500 ventilators to the national stockpile to be
deployed to the states that urgently need them the most. This is on the
condition that if the state of the outbreak in California worsens and there is
a need, we will get ventilators back. Currently, the state has a total of 11,036
ventilators that will serve Californians needs as it stands. Gov. Newsom
expects that we will receive an additional 500 by Wednesday.
Flattening the curve:
Gov. Newsom said that efforts to flatten the curve are working, pushing the
peak use of resources back, and enabling the state to build up ICU and hospital
capacity before the peak number of cases hits. Efforts to build up resources
are on schedule as California works to support the healthcare system. Newsom urged
Californians to continue to practice diligent social distancing and to stay at
Phase 1 of the state’s COVID-19 response was the focus of today’s press
conference, which is concentrated on procurement of essential resources
including increasing care capacity by 50,000 beds. Phase 1 will continue
through month of April and will work on increasing “place, people, and PPE
(personal protective equipment)”.
Sleep Train Arena:
The press conference today took place at Sleep Train Arena in Natomas, which is
being repurposed as a care facility and is expected to be ready to accept
patients by April 20th. This repurposing will add 400 beds for
patients who are being discharged from hospitals with mild to moderate symptoms
while hospitals aid the acutely ill.
In response to concerns that the virus may come back in the fall and that the
state may need to stockpile supplies, Newsom said “We’re not hoarding anything.
We’re providing support as we can, and to the extent … we feel our needs are
met, we will share those with people all across the country”. The governor
continued, saying that we are “Americans first and foremost. We happen to have
40 million Americans live in the great state of California.” Regarding the
possibility the virus recedes in warmer months, he said that it’s too early
based upon information that we have to make any determinations.
Gov. Newsom described the Stanford homegrown serology test as foundational and
fundamental to California’s ongoing response and getting people back to work.
The test had been administered to over 3,200 people to check for COVID-19
antibodies, and could give valuable insight into the severity of the illness
for the population. Results could be published as soon as later this week.
Gov. Newsom said that California is continuing federal, county, state, and private
partnerships, including working with Kaiser Permanente and Dignity Health in
southern California to establish a Los Angeles Surge Hospital.
By the numbers:
– California has a total of 14,336 confirmed cases, with 2,509 people hospitalized,
1,085 in ICU, and tragically 343 lives lost. 131,000 tests have been
California Health Corps:
The total health care professionals who have signed up for the California
Health Corps now exceeds 80,000.
to volunteer for services that help vulnerable Californians, like delivering
meals to the elderly or participating in food banks. Visit COVID19supplies.ca.gov
to contribute to the state’s medical supplies with masks, gloves, hand
sanitizers, and more.