BREAKING NEWS Body camera footage of Walmart DC shooting released by Red Bluff PD Full Story
SEVERE WX : Fire Weather Watch View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Butte County prepares for possible spike in coronavirus cases

With concerns for a possible coronavirus surge, Action News Now reached out to local hospitals and the public health department about a plan.

Posted: Jun 10, 2020 6:18 PM
Updated: Jun 11, 2020 9:20 AM

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.

Click Here for continuing coronavirus coverage.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 292560

Reported Deaths: 6718
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1232563643
Riverside21957515
Orange20225376
San Diego17842406
San Bernardino16586293
Imperial7464125
Fresno728184
Alameda7245142
San Joaquin581761
Kern575987
Santa Clara5552165
Tulare5298148
Sacramento477678
Contra Costa424186
San Francisco407150
Ventura385850
Santa Barbara380830
San Mateo3743111
Marin323226
Stanislaus300450
Kings282338
Monterey227017
Solano192227
Merced162311
Sonoma148714
Placer97011
Madera8578
San Luis Obispo8453
Yolo76028
Santa Cruz5033
Napa4534
Sutter3234
San Benito3042
Butte2954
El Dorado2800
Lassen2670
Shasta1715
Humboldt1574
Nevada1551
Yuba1543
Glenn1530
Lake1001
Colusa980
Mendocino980
Tehama981
Calaveras610
Del Norte580
Tuolumne580
Mono491
Amador350
Inyo341
Siskiyou330
Mariposa311
Plumas150
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Few Clouds
97° wxIcon
Hi: 97° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 97°
Oroville
Clear
100° wxIcon
Hi: 100° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 100°
Paradise
Few Clouds
97° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 97°
Chester
Clear
85° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 85°
Red Bluff
Clear
98° wxIcon
Hi: 100° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 98°
Willows
Few Clouds
97° wxIcon
Hi: 101° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 97°
Sunny to mostly sunny skies and HOT temperatures are on the way through your weekend
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events