Expressing the serious crisis, California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state will need an additional 50,000 hospital beds to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.
The state will expand provision for the needed beds through a variety of means, Newsom said. The hospital system alone will provide for an additional 30,000 beds through its surge plan. The state has also acquired three hospitals that will provide an additional 3,000 beds.
California will seek to acquire the remaining 17,000 beds through a variety of means, including the use of hotels, motels, fairgrounds, convention centers and other facilities, Newsom said