California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Saturday that he is directing more than $42 million in emergency funding to expand California’s healthcare system as hospitals prepare for a flood of patients amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
Of this amount, the state will spend $30 million to lease two medical facilities — Seton Medical Center in Daly City and St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles, Newsom said in a statement. A total of $8.6 million will be used to purchase new ventilators, IV fusion pumps and to refurbish existing ventilators. Additionally, the state will use $2 million to secure a contract with American Medical Response to transport patients while $1.4 million will be used to expand capacity of the state’s public health lab.
“California is mobilizing every part of government to support our healthcare delivery system, its workers and those among us who are most vulnerable to COVID-19,” Newsom said.
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