State of California Deploys More than 1,400 Medical Personnel to Enhance COVID-19 Response Efforts in Communities across the State


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 an effort to increase protection for healthcare workers and patients alike, the State of California – through the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Health and Human Services Agency – have deployed 1,420 medical personnel to healthcare facilities statewide.

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 1,420 personnel currently deployed:

Resources Type Number Deployed
California National Guard  159
Cal Mat  136
AMR  80
Health Corps  16
Fire/EMS  22
Federal Personnel


 64 (U.S. Health & Human Services)
 75 (Department of Defense)
Contracted Personnel  868
TOTAL  1,420

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:


  1. jb

    That’s all well and good, but hundreds of thousands of vaccines are sitting in a warehouse while you pass the buck. Get your shit together.

  2. Pattie Christensen

    Vaccinate those 65+ right after frontline healthcare workers and fewer people will become severely ill and hospitalized.

  3. Allan j Pacheco

    People are dropping like flies and vaccines are available Lets get them into the arms of people its a shame ,we had so much time to prepare for this moment and we blew it, planing is everything lets plan on speeding vaccinations up.


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