Bloom Energy Refurbishes Ventilators, Gov. Gavin Newsom Visits Facility

Bloom Energy Refurbishes Ventilators, Gov. Gavin Newsom Visits Facility

Newsom said the state has already secured several sites across the state to function as temporary hospitals for the 50,000 expected coronavirus patients.

Newsom said at a press conference that "170 ventilators that came from the national stockpile directly" to Los Angeles county were "not working".

Engineers at Bloom Energy, a fuel cell maker in the San Francisco Bay Area, were racing to refurbish the ventilators and send them to hospitals.

Newsom said the broken ventilators arrived at the facility on Saturday morning and he expects the ventilators will be functioning and back in Los Angeles on Monday.

Through a partnership with the state, Bloom Energy has transformed its production facility to quickly refurbish life-saving ventilators to provide California with the critical equipment it needs to prepare for a potential surge in COVID-19 patients.

"Across our state, companies big and small are stepping up to meet this moment, and assist our efforts to respond to this crisis", said Governor Newsom.

Following the support request, the state provided Bloom Energy with 24 unused, idle ventilators that needed to be refurbished. The state set a goal of adding an additional 10,000 ventilators.

According to Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, there are now 12,700 ventilators in the national "stockpile".

The mayor of Los Angeles has warned that the city could be five days away from a coronavirus outbreak equivalent to the scale of New York City's.

With the coronavirus spreading exponentially and forcing record numbers of Californians out of the workforce for at least a month, Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered a statewide ban on all evictions until May 31, the Mercury News reports. As of Sunday morning, NY has reported about 53,500 cases and California reported about 5,600 cases.

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