State of California Deploys Additional 280 Personnel to Enhance COVID-19 Response Efforts in Communities Statewide


Deployed personnel come from California National Guard, California Medical Assistance Teams, Federal Military and Health agencies, California Health Corps, Fire/EMS, and contracted medical providers


SACRAMENTO – In expanding continued efforts to protect healthcare workers and patients alike, the State of California – through the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Health and Human Services Agency – deployed an additional 281 medical personnel to healthcare facilities statewide. In total, more than 1,700 medical personnel have been deployed to assist in the COVID-19 response efforts

These deployments are part of an ongoing effort by the state to relieve stress on the medical care system during the current surge in cases and hospitalizations. These personnel are helping to ensure necessary healthcare staffing for hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities because of COVID-19.

Similar to other lines of effort to support the healthcare system including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Alternate Care Sites, this increased staffing is another tool in the State of California’s multi-pronged approach to enhance and complement work of our hospital systems and local government.

The following is a breakdown of the 1,748 personnel currently deployed:

Resources Type Number Deployed
California National Guard 136
Cal Mat 154
AMR 80
Health Corps 14
Fire/EMS 72
Federal Personnel


64 (United States Health & Human Services)
114 (Department of Defense)
Contracted Personnel 1,114
TOTAL 1,748


The State of California has also opened several alternate care sites in an effort to decompress local hospital systems. These alternative care sites are providing care for patients who do not need care in an intensive care unit and easing the strain on the health care delivery system. This will allow hospitals to focus their resources on those with the most acute needs.  View a list of current alternative care sites.

In addition to effort to increase staffing and bed space alternative care sites, the State of California has also procured hundreds of millions of pieces of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) including N-95 respirators, procedure masks, gowns, face shields and gloves. View PPE distribution data.

Learn more about the state of California’s efforts to combat COVID-19:


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