California puts National Guard on alert, asks Navy for hospital ship as coronavirus cases rise to 836

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A couple in their 70s wear masks as they return from a walk on the Huntington Beach pier amid coronavirus restrictions. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

A couple in their 70s wear masks as they return from a walk on the Huntington Beach pier amid coronavirus restrictions. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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With coronavirus cases and deaths rising in California, state officials are racing to prepare hospitals for more patients while also tapping other resources including the National Guard and the U.S. Navy for a hospital boat.

California has seen the number of confirmed cases continue to rise: at least 836 cases and 17 deaths as of Wednesday, compared with 157 cases and three deaths the week before. Nearly 12,000 people in the state are self-monitoring for symptoms.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has put the California National Guard on “alert” as more and more counties order residents to stay in their homes and the hoarding of cleaning supplies, toilet paper and other essential goods continues to strip market shelves.

Newsom’s order falls short of activating California’s National Guard force of roughly 22,000, and he emphasized that the state often relies on the Guard’s assistance in times of disaster and crisis, especially in response to wildfires and earthquakes.

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