If CA is in short supply of ventilators, why are we sending our ventilators to a central depository for loan to other states?
Story #1. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced earlier the nation’s most populous state would share 500 of its ventilators, a necessary tool to keep struggling patients breathing, with the national stockpile even as it hunts for more of its own supplies.
The state has more than 4,000 ventilators in its stockpile beyond the ones already in hospitals, and Newsom’s goal is to get to 10,000, whether that’s through manufacturing or purchasing ventilators from other countries.
“Thousands more we are confident will be on their way very, very shortly,” Newsom said.
- California received 170 ventilators from the federal stockpile to help battle the coronavirus outbreak in the state.
- However, California Governor Gavin Newsom said all of the ventilators sent to Los Angeles County were “broken.”
- The ventilators have been sent out for repair.