Fairview Developmental Center Selected as Alternative Care Site to Fight COVID-19

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

1,100 New Beds for Medical Surge Capacity in Orange County 

COSTA MESA – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced plans to re-open the Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa as part of California’s strategy to build surge capacity to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) voiced her support of the strategy, stating: "Around the world and in other states, we have seen the horrific images and heard the heartbreaking stories of COVD-19 patients dying in hospital corridors because there are not enough beds," said Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris"We are aggressively preparing for California’s surge to try to avoid that nightmare. The Fairview Developmental Center will provide critical surge capacity in Orange County in order to decompress local hospitals and save lives."

The Fairview Developmental Center will provide up to 1,100 new hospital beds for non-acute patients, enabling Orange County hospitals to treat the most critical COVID-19 patients. The Fairview facility is expected to come online in mid to late April.

The California Department of Health and Human Service will be leading this effort, in partnership with California Office of Emergency Services (Cal-OES), FEMA, the Orange County Health Agency and the City of Costa Mesa.   

Like healthcare systems worldwide, California’s hospital capacity is wildly insufficient for the anticipated surge of COVID-19 patients. We must add 50,000 new hospital beds in just 6 weeks – that’s an astronomical increase of 68%. As part of our strategy to meet this challenge, we are re-opening closed hospitals across the State. The Fairview Developmental Center will serve our Orange County residents to help save lives.