LOS ANGELES (KGTV) — To prepare for the anticipated surge in coronavirus patients, California is reaching out to retired doctors and medical and nursing students to help.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that he has signed an order that waives certain professional licensing and certification requirements to allow health care facilities to increase staff.
Those interested can apply to the California Health Corps online here. California is looking for positions including:
The state says those who participate will be paid and be given malpractice insurance coverage. Location preferences will be considered but can't be guaranteed to applicants.
To be eligible, applicants must:
The state is aiming to staff about 50,000 hospital beds.
Newsom says in the last four days, California coronavirus hospitalizations have doubled and the number of patients in intensive care units has tripled.
As of Monday afternoon, California reported more than 6,300 cases and 132 deaths due to COVID-19.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.