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Enloe Medical Center Q&A: Dealing with current Covid-19 surge

Action News Now reached out to Enloe Medical Center to find out how it is handling the current coronavirus case numbers.

Posted: Nov 25, 2020 8:24 AM
Updated: Nov 25, 2020 8:42 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Action News Now reached out to Enloe Medical Center to find out how it is handling the current coronavirus case numbers.

Enloe said based on current cases and projections into the holidays, it fully expects to meet the needs of the community. An Enloe representative told Action News Now when employees test positive, they are furloughed until they can safely return to work.

Officials at Enloe say it has priority one testing, meaning testing for hospital inpatients, surgical patients, and symptomatic caregivers.

Below is a full Q&A between Action News Now and Enloe.

Q: Is Enloe concerned about an influx in cases after Thanksgiving? If so, is Enloe prepared for that?

  • ANSWER: Based on current numbers, and what’s projected, we fully expect to have capacity to continue meeting the needs of our community here at Enloe Medical Center.

Q: If they are prepared, how are they preparing?

  • ANSWER: We prepare year-round for disaster response. We have much experience with successfully managing disasters while continuing to provide patient care to the community.

Q: Hospitals in El Paso are seeing a major increase and are having to make makeshift morgues. Could we see that here?

  • ANSWER: As mentioned above, we expect to have the needed bed count and staffing resources. We are confident in our ability to meet the needs of our community.

Q: If a medical staff member tests positive, how long do they quarantine before returning? Is Enloe seeing a shortage in staffing?

  • ANSWER: Employees who test positive are furloughed until they can safely return to work. This determination is based on several factors, including when the employee experienced their first symptom, when they tested positive, and length of time with no symptoms.

Q: Is Enloe seeing a shortage in testing?

  • ANSWER: Enloe continues to operate at priority one testing, which provides testing for hospital inpatients, surgical patients, and symptomatic caregivers.

Q: What is the protocol for a patient who comes in wanting to get tested?

  • ANSWER: Enloe is not a testing facility. We recommend visiting Butte County Public Health’s website, which is updated daily with testing information and locations to be tested for COVID-19.

Q: How is Enloe keeping patients who test positive for COVID separate? Is there enough space for all of the patients who test positive?

  • ANSWER: The safety of patients and caregivers is our highest priority at Enloe, and we take several measures to protect the safety of every person who walks through our doors. We screen every patient and visitor upon entrance to the hospital, checking for COVID symptoms and taking a temperature check. We isolate any patient who has COVID symptoms or who has been exposed to COVID.

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
Sierra820
Alpine730
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Chico
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As expected, we had much quieter weather around northern California on Wednesday with plenty of sunshine, much weaker wind, and a wide range of temperatures. Thursday will be similar, but much more active weather is coming.
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