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Community reacts to surge of Covid-19 cases at Oroville Hospital

Some people in Oroville say they are upset that the community was not notified about the coronavirus outbreak at the local hospital. Reporter Kristian Lopez brought their concerns to Butte County Public Health Officials.

Posted: Nov 30, 2020 7:35 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - Some people in Oroville are upset that the community was not notified about the coronavirus outbreak at the local hospital.

Butte County Public Health (BCPH) says it will not notify people about an outbreak unless they are not able to identify the people who were in close contact.

BCPH, Public information Officer Lisa Almaguer, says close contact is identified as being within six feet of someone without PPE. for more than 15 minutes. Almaguer says they have been working closely with the hospital to interview people who were infected and see what floors they were on and who they were in contact with.

Despite this, some people say an outbreak this big should have been announced.

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“To have that many people infected and not tell the public when people are going in and out of the emergency room, and doing tests and whatever, to not tell people that many people are infected is nuts, said David LaChance.

“I just hope they are doing every step and measure to keep us safe,” said Duane Jones.

Butte County Public Health says the risk of health care workers infecting patients is low because hospital workers wear multiple layers of PPE. They added, the risk is higher between co-workers if there is socialization going on.

Almaguer says if an employee or patient believes they may have been exposed they should alert their health care provider.

Despite multiple attempts, Action News Now was not able to reach health officials at the Oroville Hospital for comment on Monday.

BCPH says this is one of the largest outbreaks the county has seen.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3055568

Reported Deaths: 34441
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles103280614122
San Bernardino2561091560
Riverside2504362645
San Diego2168352109
Orange2148082477
Santa Clara943661109
Kern86718565
Fresno82485968
Sacramento806781111
Alameda67952765
Ventura62101436
San Joaquin58290786
Contra Costa52965450
Stanislaus42882758
Tulare41867506
Monterey36126255
San Mateo32596309
San Francisco29321262
Solano25806106
Imperial25317465
Santa Barbara25083236
Merced24452308
Sonoma24068240
Kings19435145
Placer17380180
San Luis Obispo15929136
Madera13443151
Santa Cruz12298113
Marin11693157
Yolo10620131
Shasta9776122
Butte9474123
El Dorado782644
Sutter775478
Napa760140
Lassen519516
San Benito496343
Yuba495127
Tehama397142
Tuolumne338240
Nevada320673
Mendocino311432
Amador301631
Lake261230
Humboldt239324
Glenn193519
Colusa17339
Calaveras161723
Siskiyou144613
Mono11214
Inyo97429
Del Norte8662
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3024
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Alpine730
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