Coronavirus cases in California ICUs double overnight as manufacturers race to fill shortages


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The number of coronavirus patients in California intensive care units doubled overnight and manufacturers are stepping up to build equipment like ventilators to fill hospital shortages, Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Saturday.He spoke from a Bloom Energy facility in Sunnyvale retrofitted to refurbish ventilators unusable after sitting idle for years in government stockpiles. Days before, the company had used the room for storage.As Newsom talked, employees behind him wearing white coats and masks repaired machines.Newsom said the state needs 10,000 ventilators quickly to treat …

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