OROVILLE, Calif. - With concerns for a possible coronavirus surge, Action News Now reached out to local hospitals and the public health department about a plan.
"We are as prepared as we can be at this moment," said Public Information Officer for Butte County Public Health, Lisa Almaguer.
Almaguer said the state is monitoring the county's data. Health officials will reach out if they notice any concerning trends.
"Or changes in the identified metrics for our county and at that point they will be identified early and they'll be able to offer support whether that's technical or physical support to help us respond," she said.
Monitoring data by the state includes three areas: testing capacity, contact tracing, contact investigation capacity, and hospital surge.
"We could reach out to the state and like I said, the state will reach out to us and we can ask for that field medical station to be redeployed in Butte County to help with that surge capacity," said Almaguer.
Action News Now spoke to the Head of Infection Control, Dr. Roy Shannon, at the Oroville Hospital. He says they're prepared if there was a possible surge.
Dr. Shannon says they're keeping close tabs on personal protective equipment and pharmaceuticals.
"While we are doing some necessary surgeries, we are always cognizant of the fact that if we have a surge we might have to back off of that," said Shannon.
He told Action News Now there are measures in place for creating open bed spaces.
"There's a couple of places in the hospital we could put more inpatients if we had to," said Shannon. "We don't normally do that but its an area that we normally do our ambulatory care services. If we had a big surge those would drop off and we would have a few more rooms there."
Shannon said the hospital has a group called the COVID Executive Committee and meets every day to discuss planning and supplies so that they're well prepared.
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