SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Gov. Gavin Newsom will join workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic on Monday as he’s expected to announce a major initiative that could also help California’s healthcare workforce.

On Saturday, Newsom and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo took a tour of Sunnyvale company Bloom Energy where hundreds of old ventilators the state had in storage are being refurbished as part of the fight against coronavirus.

Newsom says the state had 514 ventilators that hadn’t been unboxed since 2011 and there’s no better time than now to get more ventilators up and running.

The governor also talked about securing more N-95 masks for healthcare workers.

Additionally, more than 350 businesses and manufacturers in California reached out to offer to re-tool their facilities to make medical supplies and essential products during this crisis.

Some of those businesses include the Gap and St. John Knits making masks, gowns and scrubs for hospital workers; and Anheuser-Busch and other distilleries pivoting operations to produce hand sanitizer.

Comments (2)
  1. Robert Hall says:

    I’m proud of being a Californian. Thank you Gavin Newsome for your leadership and thanks for all the others as well.

  2. xyz says:

    MSM stop being a rubber stamp, IS Journalism also dead? :Anthony Fauci director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said Sunday 1/26/20 the American public shouldn’t worry about the coronavirus outbreak in China. “It’s a very, very low risk to the United States,” Fauci said during an interview with radio show host John Catsimatidis.

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