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Dr. Robert Wachter, professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, said "The most important was that leaders of all types - whether they were in government or in businesses - took it seriously, believed that this was a real risk and did the right thing early."
California Governor Gavin Newsom issued the first statewide mandatory restrictions in the United States.
Gov. Newsom ordered California's nearly 40 million residents to stay home to help combat the outbreak, but he didn't stop there.
While many states scramble for desperately needed equipment and supplies, Gov. Newsom announced a deal to buy hundreds of millions of desperately needed N95 masks.
"In the last 48 hours we have secured through a consortia of non-profits and a manufacturer here in the state of California upwards of 200 million masks on a monthly basis," said Gov. Newsom.
The governor revealed the news on "The Rachael Maddow Show" last night. Newsom says California will have enough masks to meet demand. He says there may even be enough to send to other states.
The Governor says the state has already distributed more than 41 million masks. A million of them have come from the federal government.
Newsom said "enough is enough" when it comes to states competing for vital equipment, he said, "We're confident we can supply the needs of the state of California and potentially the needs of other Western states."
Contracts inked in recent days - including with a consortium of nonprofits and a California manufacturer - "give me confidence in being able to say that," the governor said.