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California Needs 1 Billion Gloves For Health Care Workers, Will Close State Parking Lots

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom provided an update on the state's response to COVID-19. Watch the live video above.

Here are some of the key takeaways from his briefing:

  • $100 million in emergency grants are now being distributed out to cities and counties in California to secure hotels for housing the homeless.
  • California currently has 416 hospitals, and just shy of 75,000 licensed beds. We need to add an additional 50,000 beds. Here is the plan for that so far:
    • The hospital system alone will provide 30,000 of those beds
    • The state has identified another 3,000 beds. We need another 17,000.
  • The state is considering getting fourth-year medical students working in hospitals, and getting retirees back into the workforce.
  • California needs to procure 1 billion gloves, 595 million masks and 2 million shields for health care workers, to carry them through the next three months.
  • Six California companies want to repurpose their facilities to manufacture gowns. Some are considering 3D printing masks.
  • 1,000 ventilators provided by Elon Musk have arrived in L.A.
  • The state is shutting down all state parking lots, including nine in L.A.


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