SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — In the wake of one death and 178 cases of the novel coronavirus in San Francisco as of Wednesday, city leaders are calling for more federal and state funding ahead of an anticipated surge of cases. During a briefing at the city’s Emergency Operations Center, Mayor London Breed said while the city’s hospital system was in good shape to deal with the current cases, she predicted that could change. “Right now we have about 1,300 medical/surgical beds, and 200 ICU beds. We definitely need a lot more than that,” Breed said. “This is not as easy as opening up a bed. It also requires that we have nurses, we have doctors, we have health care professionals and we have sufficient PPE [personal protective equipment] to keep them safe.”Breed estimated the city will need about 5,000 more hospital beds and at least 1,500 ventilators. Breed said she reached out to both Gov. Gavin Newsom and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, asking them for more resources for the city’s hospitals to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. “I hope that they will deliver to the people of this state and the people of this country. Because… Read full this story
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