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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.

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