SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to address at his daily press conference on Monday preparations for an expected surge of coronavirus cases by the end of the month.
Experts say early and aggressive shelter-in-place orders may have spared California’s health care system from running out of hospital beds, but the system will still face enormous strain.READ MORE: Avoiding The (Shopping) Nightmare Before Christmas: Local Retailers Brace For Holiday Shortages
There may still be shortages looming of ventilators and other essential equipment, experts warn.
Part of the preparation work already announced by Newsom is turning Sacramento’s old Sleep Train Arena site into a field hospital.READ MORE: Fight On Campus Prompts Short Lockdown At Kennedy High School In Sacramento
About 360 hospital beds will be set up inside the old Kings arena in Natomas. The beds will be for both coronavirus patients and trauma care patients.
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Federal health officials are warning the next two weeks could be more crucial.