Through the partnership Bloom Energy will refurbish the ventilators and Almo will ship the ventilators to and from Bloom's manufacturing facilities in California and DE for refurbishment before shipment to the state agencies and hospitals.
At the beginning of the pandemic, California had about 7,500 ventilators across the state's hospital systems and aimed to get another 10,000 ventilators, according to the press release. It now has secured 4,252, but approximately a thousand of those are not in working condition. "To date, the state has added 4,252 ventilators, approximately 1,000 of which needed to be refurbished", it said. Medical doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, behavioral health scientists, pharmacists, EMTs, medical and administrative assistants, as well as certified nursing assistants are encouraged to step up and meet this moment to help California respond to the outbreak.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said that 170 ventilators sent by the Trump administration arrived "not working" and are now being fixed by a Silicon Valley firm.
The state sent these ventilators to Bloom this week and the company plans to have almost 200 refurbished by Saturday night. Some of them include The Gap and St. John Knits making masks, gowns and scrubs for hospital workers; and Anheuser-Busch and other distilleries pivoting operations to produce hand sanitizer for California food banks and vulnerable seniors.
The Governor also signed an executive order that will temporarily expand the health care workforce and allow health care facilities to staff at least an additional 50,000 hospital beds the state needs to treat COVID-19 patients.
"People shouldn't lose or be forced out of their home because of the spread of COVID-19", Newsom said upon issuing the initial executive order.
Video of the Governor and Mayor touring the Bloom Energy production facility is available here. "But, you know, check in tomorrow".