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8 Military field hospitals coming to California to meet projected need for hospital beds

Fairfield Daily Republic, by Glen Faison, March 22, 2020 at 12:45 am
Gov. Gavin Newsom provides an update on the state’s response to the new coronavirus during a press conference in Sacramento, Saturday, March 21, 2020 (Screen grab from video)

FAIRFIELD — Eight U.S. Army medical field units are on their way to California and will be prepositioned to meet an anticipated need for more hospital beds across the state as the new coronavirus sickens more and more people, the governor said.

Gov. Gavin Newsom thanked both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for their role in bringing the medical field units to the state.

“That’s going to provide 2,000-bed capacity for the state of California,” Newsom said.

The announcement came Saturday as Newsom provided an update that touched heavily on the strategic challenges of addressing the spread of the new coronavirus, but also on the human challenges faced by those whose lives have been disrupted.

“This has been a very challenging time,” he said. “At the same time it is a remarkable moment.”

Newsom said a cache of medical supplies has arrived in the state from the federal government and is being distributed – masks, gowns, gloves and the like. Three more similar shipments are expected in the near future. That’s in addition to distributions from the state’s reserve of medical supplies, he said.

Newsom outlined recent actions to enhance the number of hospital beds available throughout the state. And he touched on ways to radically expand the amount of space that can be converted to accommodate additional hospital beds. He gave as examples the conversion of hotel rooms and University of California and California State University dormitories to serve as hospital rooms. He mentioned use of convention centers and county fairgrounds for such purposes.

“I can’t tell you how many sporting leagues, not just owners of teams, in this state have said, you know what? You want our arena? You can have our arena,” the governor said.

The process of testing for exposure to the virus, a process that continues to expand, should be targeted to meet identified objectives, he said.

“The bottom line for us is, we want to know what the spread is. We want to know if we’re bending the curve. We want to know if our stay-at-home orders are effective. That’s fundamentally the point of testing in terms of the broader sample,” Newsom said. “The more specific need for testing is self-evident: to change medical protocols; to address the deep anxieties our seniors have, the people with compromised immune systems. All of them should be prioritized – people that are in the hospitals that have symptoms and most significantly, our caregivers, to make sure they remain healthy throughout this process.”

Newsom advised others, particularly the young, to assume that they have been exposed to the virus and are contagious, even if they do not have symptoms.

“Just use common sense. Be a good neighbor. Be a good citizen,” he said.

Newsom had strong words for young people who are flouting the stay-at-home order and social distancing requirements that are currently in place to help arrest the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19.

“Those young people still out there on the beaches thinking this is a party: Time to grow up. You know, time to wake up,” he said. “Time to recognize it’s not just about ‘the old folks,’ it’s about your impact on their lives. Don’t be selfish. Recognize that you have a responsibility to meet this moment as well.”

The state remains focused on meeting the needs of those who are most vulnerable to the disease, to include seniors and the unsheltered homeless. Part of that is securing motel rooms – up to 51,000 – to house the homeless, and negotiating to secure additional assisted-living beds.

Newsom said the addition of the medical field units as well as agreements to identify and secure almost 1,000 additional hospital beds at specific locations supports the goal to add thousands of beds of capacity to the state’s inventory to meet the projected need.

He said the state has 416 hospitals with a staffed bed capacity of 78,000. Newsom said the state needs 19,500 more beds to meet the state’s midway projections. The hospital system has a surge capacity of a bit more than 10,000 beds, he said.

Newsom said the state will soon turn its focus to the prison system. Solano County is home to California State Prison-Solano and the California Medical Facility, both in Vacaville.

Visitation has already been suspended within the state prison system to help stop the spread of the virus.

“We are working very aggressively to make sure that the folks within that system are getting appropriate support, that those with flu-like symptoms are getting isolated,” he said.

Newsom praised the overall response thus far but said there’s more to do.

“We need more support from the federal government, and I’m very, very encouraged by the conversations we’re having on the USS Mercy, on the conversations we’ve had direct with the president and the vice president on the strategic stockpile and the work that we’re doing not just with HHS but DoD on getting these mobile field hospitals out in the state of California as well.”


    California – latest updates on coronavirus covid-19, Governor’s stay at home order and more…

    Governor Gavin Newsom Issues Stay at Home Order

    Office of Governor Gavin NewsomPublished

    SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

    Click here to read a copy of the Governor’s executive order. The text of the order can also be found here.

    Click here to learn more about the order.

    Click here to see the Governor’s address to Californians this evening.

    All the latest California information on the pandemic can be found at

    Latest numbers

    As of March 21, 2020 there are 1,224 positive cases and 23 deaths in California. Approximately 25,200 tests had been conducted. This includes the latest numbers California has received from commercial and private labs. At least 12,528 results have been received and another 12,700+ are pending. See the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for the latest data.

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    Governor Newsom Signs Order to Protect Public Health by Expanding Vote-by-Mail Options and Extending Deadlines for Presidential Primary Canvass  

    SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order to permit vote-by-mail procedures to be used in three upcoming special elections, protecting public health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. The o…

    March 20, 2020 at 7:45 PM

    Governor Newsom Deploys California National Guard to Help Distribute Food at Food Banks & Protect California’s Most Vulnerable 

    Food banks are seeing a shortage in volunteers and experiencing greater need due to COVID-19  Governor calls for California food bank volunteers & launches partnership Neighbor-to-Neighbor campaign with …

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    The California Department of Public Health today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

      Oh please, not again… (32 mass shootings in California in 2018)

      By Roger Straw, November 8, 2018
      [See also, Gun Control Links, from last May.  – R.S.]

      Respectfully and profoundly, the Thousand Oaks, CA mass shooting is first and foremost about human lives, carnage, grieving, bullets and fear.

      THE NUMBERS aren’t nearly as staggering as the personal loss and our common grieving.  But the numbers tell the larger story of legislative and executive governmental inaction.  The numbers may not have the passion, but they have the fact-based, incontrovertible, insistent, deadly proof that sensible gun control in the U.S. is needed NOW and long overdue.

      California has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation.  And yet, California recorded 32 mass shootings in the first 312 days of 2018, one every 10 days.  49 individuals are dead with grieving families and friends.  Another 131 were injured.  (Mass shooting is defined here as 4 or more shot or killed, not including the shooter).

      Nationally in 2018 to date, there have been  307 mass shootings, (just shy of ONE EVERY DAY), killing 328 (OVER ONE A DAY) and injuring another 1251 (OVER FOUR EVERY DAY).

      These numbers are a call to action:

      Incident Date City Or County # Killed # Injured
      Source: (GVA defines mass shootings based on the numeric value of 4 or more shot or killed, not including the shooter.)
      7-Nov-18 Thousand Oaks 13 10
      2-Nov-18 Long Beach (North Long Beach) 0 4
      30-Oct-18 Vallejo 2 3
      30-Oct-18 Los Angeles 0 5
      29-Oct-18 Riverside 0 7
      14-Oct-18 Palo Alto (East Palo Alto) 2 2
      6-Oct-18 Oakland 0 6
      30-Sep-18 Compton 1 3
      23-Sep-18 Bakersfield 1 4
      23-Sep-18 Baldwin Park 0 4
      12-Sep-18 Bakersfield 6 0
      2-Sep-18 San Bernardino 0 8
      12-Aug-18 Clearlake 4 1
      11-Aug-18 San Francisco 1 4
      31-Jul-18 Gardena 2 3
      28-Jul-18 Los Angeles 2 4
      26-Jul-18 Oakland 2 2
      5-Jul-18 Los Angeles 3 3
      27-Jun-18 Oakland 1 3
      21-Jun-18 San Bernardino 1 3
      20-Jun-18 Modesto 0 5
      14-Jun-18 Union City 0 5
      14-Jun-18 Tracy 1 4
      10-Jun-18 Valley Village 0 6
      13-May-18 Stockton 3 2
      13-May-18 Los Angeles 2 2
      7-May-18 San Diego 0 5
      20-Apr-18 San Francisco 1 5
      9-Apr-18 Vallejo 0 4
      21-Mar-18 San Francisco 1 5
      12-Mar-18 Modesto 0 4
      27-Jan-18 Los Angeles 0 5
      TOTAL 49 131

      What do do?  Protest in the streets, phone and write our state and national elected officials.  Weep.  Try like mad to stay hopeful…

      Roger Straw
      Benicia, California


        Eight mass shootings in California this year (1/1/18 – 5/18/18)

        By Roger Straw

        California has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation.  And yet, in less than 5 months  so far in 2018, California has seen 8 mass shootings, killing 7 and injuring 32.  Three of these incidents took place in the Bay Area (source: Gun Violence Archive).  Even California’s laws need to be strengthened.  For California legislative issues, see

        Incident Date City Or County # Killed # Injured More info
        27-Jan-18 Los Angeles 0 5 View
        13-May-18 Stockton 3 2 View
        9-Apr-18 Vallejo 0 4 View
        20-Apr-18 San Francisco 1 5 View
        12-Mar-18 Modesto 0 4 View
        7-May-18 San Diego 0 5 View
        21-Mar-18 San Francisco 1 5 View
        13-May-18 Los Angeles 2 2 View
        Total 2018 as of 5-19-18   7 32