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Within 24 Hours, 25,000 Medical Professionals Apply to Join California’s New Health Corps



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Less than 24 hours after the governor’s call to action, more than 25,000 medical professionals applied to join California’s new Health Corps as hospitals prepare for an expected surge in COVID-19 cases.
“I’ve never been more damn inspired in my life,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a news conference Tuesday. “To see that number — just 25,000 yesterday, alone? Of professionals … that are willing to come out of retirement? To put their lives back on the line?”
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FILE – In this March 23, 2020, file photo California Gov. Gavin Newsom updates the state’s response to the coronavirus, at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Newsom’s administration warned state agencies the government will have less money to spend because of coronavirus restrictions, which will likely postpone some of the state’s ambitious spending plans during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

On Monday, the state announced a new organization of medical workers as health experts predicted a surge in coronavirus cases over the next several weeks. The corps are seeking the participation of medical professionals who may not be actively working such as retirees or those needing to renew their license.
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