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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.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3095814

Reported Deaths: 35549
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San Bernardino2587421561
Riverside2558082739
San Diego2197312222
Orange2178492546
Santa Clara959361158
Kern87240572
Fresno83591968
Sacramento816871128
Alameda69107842
Ventura63413462
San Joaquin58843788
Contra Costa53349460
Stanislaus43392773
Tulare42186515
Monterey36464255
San Mateo33207309
San Francisco29665274
Solano26191108
Santa Barbara25405243
Imperial25380486
Merced24570316
Sonoma24262242
Kings19588148
Placer17584186
San Luis Obispo16056140
Madera13585151
Santa Cruz12461113
Marin11732159
Yolo10852138
Shasta9750123
Butte9582128
El Dorado788649
Sutter782879
Napa773145
Lassen519916
San Benito504246
Yuba499627
Tehama433244
Tuolumne340340
Nevada323874
Mendocino319232
Amador303631
Lake264631
Humboldt245825
Glenn195520
Colusa17969
Calaveras163723
Siskiyou145713
Mono11244
Inyo98329
Del Norte8672
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3044
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