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Glenn County depending on others in Northern California region for ICU beds

Glenn County has no intensive care unit beds, so how does this impact the region when it comes to the new stay-at-home order rules?

Posted: Jan 7, 2021 11:07 AM

WILLOWS, Calif. - Glenn County has no intensive care unit (ICU) beds, so how does this impact the region when it comes to the new stay-at-home order rules? 

It has been more than a month since Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed another round of stay-at-home orders for California, an effort to combat COVID-19.

“I think it’s important to remain vigilant, you can’t get complacent about it,” said Maureen Bonessa, a resident of the Northern California region.

Glenn, along with Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity counties are all a part of the Northern California region.

“We are not at a stay-at-home order,” said Amy Travis, deputy director for Glenn County Office of Emergency Services.

Travis says because the Northern California region is above 15% ICU availability, fewer restrictions are in place.

“You can’t have indoor dining, you can do outdoor dining though. Hairstylists, barbers, nail salons, those kinds of businesses are still open,” Travis said.

ICU beds are the trigger for stay-at-home orders, but there are no health facilities in Glenn County that have any. Anyone from the county needing more intense care can come to Enloe Medical Center in Butte County.

This means Glenn County has to depend on other counties within the Northern California region that do have ICU beds to keep them available. Meaning, the county can only watch and monitor how coronavirus cases are in other areas in order for them to stay out of the stay-at-home order.

“We were a little shocked that we weren’t grouped in with Butte County but now we are kind of relieved because we do have that ICU capacity,” Travis said.

Relief for what many describe as a tough past year.

“Some of us don’t realize what normal is anymore,” said Darlene Wilbur, a Willows resident.

“It’s important to keep washing your hands, wearing your mask, take precautions,” Bonessa said.

Travis told Action News Now she does not anticipate the Northern California region to drop below 15% ICU availability in the immediate future.

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