By: - April 16, 2020 11:52 am

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More than four dozen ventilators from California are scheduled to arrive in Lansing Wednesday, as a loan from California Gov. Gavin Newsom to aid Michigan in its COVID-19 response.

California, an early adopter of restrictive policies to fight the disease’s spread, has had signs that it’s bent the curve. The state also has sent ventilators to other states and territories, including Nevada, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gives an update on COVID-19 | Gov. Whitmer office photo

“From the beginning, Governor Newsom has taken swift and aggressive action to protect California families from the spread of COVID-19,” Whitmer said in a statement Wednesday. “He understands that when it comes to fighting this virus, we are all on the same team, and must work together to protect as many people we can.”

The loan comes as President Donald Trump continues his slow response to states’ requests for more ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE). Trump has also lashed out at more vocal governors, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who have publicly criticized his administration for a lack of federal support.

The inadequate amount of medical equipment that the federal government has provided in past weeks has forced states to compete with each other for supplies, although Michigan is in a better place now thanks to millions of donations from individuals and businesses around the state.

According to the most recent statewide data provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the state counted 1,719 available ventilators Tuesday night. There are currently 1,212 people on ventilators in Michigan.

The number of COVID-19 cases overall in the state surpassed 28,000 on Wednesday, with over 1,920 deaths.

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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service.