The state of California has secured 4,613 beds to prepare for the surge of coronavirus cases, California Gov. Gavin Newsom just announced.
Today’s press conference was held at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, an alternative care site where 400 beds will be provided for patients being discharged from the hospital with mild to moderate systems. Acute care will continue to be provided at hospitals, Governor Newsom said.
The Sleep Train Arena, where the Sacramento Kings used to play, will start accepting patients as early as April 20.
Alternative care sites have been set up in every major region in the state of California, Newsom said. 4,613 beds have been locked in and are “ready to go.” An additional 5,005 beds have also been identified.
This is a part of Newsom’s first phase to secure 50,000 beds beyond the current capacity.
More than 80,000 people have filled out an application for the California Health Corps. These workers will help staff the sites.
While the state has the physical sites and the human personnel, more PPE is needed. We need more ventilators and N95 masks, Newsom said.
Newsom also reminded residents to continue to practice social distancing. “Physical distancing is working,” he said.
Newsom said he anticipates a peak in mid-May.