Newsom Puts National Guard On Alert

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March 18, 2020 - 11:37 am
avin Newsom speaks during election night event on November 6, 2018 in Los Angeles.

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With the coronavirus spreading and much of the Bay Area under shelter in place orders, California is preparing to deal with worst case scenarios, which could overwhelm hospitals and drain the state’s spending reserves.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday said he’s putting the California National Guard on alert for humanitarian missions across the state for duties such as food distribution and supply line assurance, with support in public safety.

With this announcement, the National Guard asserted that this was a notification to prepare for potential activation rather than a mobilization order.

Newsom also said the state is negotiating with nearly 900 hotels to acquire tens of thousands of rooms that could be used for hospital patients and for the homeless. Two hotels near Oakland International Airport were leased by state officials this week to house people without homes as cases of COVID-19 multiply.

There are approximately 108,000 homeless residents across the state, with the community’s first known death from the coronavirus on Monday in Santa Clara County.