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Butte County health leaders address COVID-19 concerns

Butte County has zero cases of the coronavirus but that doesn’t mean the County is not preparing.

Posted: Mar 13, 2020 4:05 PM
Updated: Mar 13, 2020 4:08 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Butte County has zero cases of the coronavirus but that doesn’t mean the County is not preparing.

CEO of Enloe Medical Center, Mike Wiltermood said he is extremely confident that the hospitals in Butte County are prepared.

Wiltermood tells us that the question being addressed and the issue is how do we redeploy the resources in the best possible way? One option would include having other services such as surgeries postponed. Enloe staff is also preparing for a possible surge of patients.

“We have plans to redeploy beds and available resources. Now, if it gets really dire were not going to have a place where we can offload or send patients out of the area because we’re all going to be impacted, so we have to figure that we're going to be reliant on the resources that we have here,” Wiltermood said.

Communications Manager of Butte County Public Health, Lisa Almaguer says even though, Butte County does not have test kits that does not mean people are not getting tested.

“The health care provider will collect a specimen and send that specimen to a commercial lab for COVID-19 testing. The lab will report any positive test to Butte County Public Health,” Almaguer said.

Enloe officials said they will be working closely with all hospitals and the Butte County Health Department as they continue to monitor the situation. 

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Top officials from President Donald Trump to Governor Gavin Newsom are discouraging public gatherings. But what about the homeless? Action News Now took these matters to the Jesus Center to see what they're doing to keep the coronavirus from sweeping through the homeless and into the general population.

Jesus Center Executive Director, Laura Cootsona said they have a cleaning protocol in place. Cootsona said they’re giving out hand sanitizer to anyone who needs it. They’re also making sure the homeless have table tents to protect themselves from the virus.

The Jesus Center also reached out to Catalyst and tourist shelters to share ideas and best practices.

"Our typical protocol now at the Jesus Center if someone has a fever or typical flu symptoms we isolate them. So we do have a room in our shelter we can use for isolation and then given the virus, at this point, we would suggest if someone is really sick to reach out to a health care provider," Cootsona said.

Cootsona added she has reached out to Butte County Public Health to see if they can get some handwashing stations.

For now, the Jesus Center is still running as normal.

Action News Now also spoke to Butte County Public health official Dr. Andy Miller on Friday about COVID-19. Watch the video below.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 779491

Reported Deaths: 14893
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2585166330
Riverside566811153
San Bernardino51750858
Orange516461123
San Diego44007757
Kern31148340
Fresno27487355
Sacramento21171375
Alameda20364370
Santa Clara20129295
San Joaquin19793414
Stanislaus16229329
Contra Costa15640198
Tulare15517256
Ventura12167142
Imperial11534312
San Francisco1064096
Monterey933765
San Mateo9332142
Santa Barbara8803109
Merced8719133
Kings715877
Sonoma6987114
Marin6522112
Solano608555
Madera429658
Placer340741
San Luis Obispo333227
Yolo273253
Butte272033
Santa Cruz21758
Sutter163110
Napa159213
San Benito127211
Yuba11127
El Dorado10584
Mendocino82218
Lassen7310
Shasta66814
Glenn5483
Nevada5035
Colusa5026
Tehama4874
Humboldt4826
Lake43310
Calaveras30513
Amador28616
Tuolumne2204
Inyo18714
Mono1632
Siskiyou1600
Del Norte1351
Mariposa752
Plumas490
Modoc230
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
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