Governor Newsom request President Trump stations USNS hospital ship in Los Angeles

"In some parts of our state, our case rate is doubling every four days," the letter reads.

Posted: Mar 19, 2020 4:21 PM

CALIFORNIA - Governor Newsom has requested from President Trump the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship be stationed at the port of Los Angeles through Sept. 1 to help the current health care delivery system in the area.

In a letter, the Governor said the state and health care delivery system are significantly impacted by the rapid increase of coronavirus cases.

"In some parts of our state, our case rate is doubling every four days," the letter reads.

The Governor also projected over half of California's nearly 40 million population would be infected with the virus over an eight week period.

"Moreover, we have community acquired transmission in 23 counties with an increase of 44 community acquired infections in 24-hours," said Governor Newsom.

The ship, the Governor says, would ensure the area has the ability to address acute care needs, like heart attacks or car accidents, along with the fast-growing rate of coronavirus cases.

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