California Sending Hundreds Of Ventilators To Other States As Fears Of Shortage Grow

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California is sending 500 state-owned ventilators to other states in need.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced Monday morning that the ventilators will be loaned to the Strategic National Stockpile to help states like New York that are experiencing immediate shortages. 

“California is stepping up to help our fellow Americans in New York and across the country who are being impacted the hardest right now by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Newsom. “We still have a long road ahead of us in the Golden State – and we’re aggressively preparing for a surge – but we can’t turn our back on Americans whose lives depend on having a ventilator now… I know that if the tables were turned and we were experiencing a hospital surge, other states would come to our aid and provide ventilators just as we are today.”

The loan comes as some projections predict New York could run out of ventilators as soon as this week. 

California officials say the state continues preparations for a possible surge of patients in its hospitals. State and federal officials are setting up field respite centers, including one in Santa Clara County that accepted its first patients Sunday, purchasing medical equipment and creating new emergency housing for the homeless.