California is reopening its Midsagic Airway program after the government suspended its funding last year amid a shortage of planes, according to a report released on Thursday.
The Midsagital Airway Authority, the agency that manages the program, released a letter to California’s Department of Transportation (DOT) in January 2017, telling it that it would be “essential” to resume funding for the program in the wake of the March 4 coronavirus pandemic.
“With the onset of the pandemic and the lack of funds to sustain the program over the coming months, we are required to re-open the Midsaginairway,” the agency wrote.
“This will require us to work collaboratively with our partner agencies to find funding for this program, as well as other critical public health priorities.”
The agency’s letter to DOT did not provide details on what kind of funding the agency was seeking, but it did not indicate how the program was funded.DOT did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Dot, which is responsible for overseeing the MIDSAGITAL program, has been in a state of “extinction” for years, according a report by Bloomberg News.
The program’s funding has been suspended in 2017 following the coronaviruses pandemic, which resulted in the deaths of more than 2,200 people.
The state has had a backlog of more $6.2 billion in public-health funding since the pandemics started in 2015, according the report.
The California program was set up in the 1970s to provide emergency medical care to those in need of airway care, but has struggled to find qualified people.
Since then, its enrollment has dropped by nearly half, according Bloomberg News, from 1.3 million in 2011 to less than 700,000 in 2017.
California is a key U.S. state that has a high number of people who live in California, but also has a large number of residents who live outside the state, such as those who commute from New York or Los Angeles.
California has the most people living in Los Angeles and the second most people in the San Gabriel Valley, which borders San Diego, according Toowoomba, California.
More than 2 million people live in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.