SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California is scrambling to obtain protective gear for healthcare workers and first responders, reaching out worldwide and working with locals to ratchet up production as the coronavirus outbreak sweeps through the nation’s most populous state. Gov. Gavin Newsom says California is looking at ways of acquiring some 1 billion sets of gloves, along with hundreds of millions of gowns, surgical masks and face shields. California has seen nearly 2,200 cases of COVID-19 and 40 deaths. Newsom says an expected three-month surge of cases will require some 50,000 additional hospital beds.