Silicon Valley Fixing 170 Broken Ventilators From Feds


Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Saturday that the federal government sent along 170 ventilators to Los Angeles that arrived "not working." A Silicon Valley company is working to make repairs. 

Newsome learned of the broken ventilators in a conversation with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday and was quick to remedy the situation. 

"Rather than lamenting about it, rather than complaining about it, rather than pointing fingers, rather than generating headlines in order to generate more stress and anxiety, we got a car and a truck," Newsom said. He then tweeted that Bloom Energy is working to make repairs on the broken machines. 

"And we had those 170 brought here to this facility at 8 a.m. this morning, and they are quite literally working on those ventilators right now," Newsom continued. 

LA received 170 broken ventilators from the national stockpile. Rather than complaining, we put them on a truck, drove them up overnight, and had @Bloom_Energy get to work fixing them.Monday they‘ll back in LA--fixed.That’s the spirit of CA.

— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 28, 2020

California is one of many states attempting to stock up on ventilators in preparation for a shortage amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

The ventilators came from a national stockpile which is maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Because COVID-19 can infect the lungs and cause breathing trouble, ventilators are a necessity in treating very sick patients.

According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, it's possible to see as many as 31 patients who require ventilation for every available ventilator across the US.