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Action News Now has confirmed a spike in coronavirus cases within the staff at the Oroville Hospital.

Posted: Nov 25, 2020 12:26 PM
Updated: Nov 25, 2020 7:09 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. – Action News Now has confirmed a spike in coronavirus cases within the staff at the Oroville Hospital.

Dr. Roy Shannon, Head of Infection Control at the Oroville Hospital, told Action News Now they have seen this spike in cases within staff over the past couple of weeks. At this time, Dr. Shannon said they have between 34 to 40 staff member cases of coronavirus.

Shannon said this is not impacting staffing because some people are working double shifts and more hours. The hospital is still fully staffed - even with 40 employees not working, according to Shannon.

The hospital said it believes the staff members got infected outside of work.

Action News Now spoke with a woman who works at the hospital who did not want to be identified but she says she is upset about how the hospital handled the situation.

"It seems like administration is not taking it very seriously," she said.

"If a person has a true concern, they should come to me, they should come to our administrator, director of nurses and make this concern known," said Dr. Roy Shannon. "I will say we have had a surge in patients just like everyone in the country. Every hospital has staff that have become positive."

The woman says she keeps getting different answers, from different people when bringing up the situation.

"I don't think our supervisors give mixed messages. I have full confidence in all of our supervisors and administration," said Dr. Shannon.

The employee added, "I just hope they can be more truthful and transparent and have an honest conversation with their employees treating us like we are a member of their team."

The employee told Action News Now she may has been exposed but hasn't been able to get a rapid test because of a shortage of test kits.
Dr. Shannon says they have to look at each situation individually when offering the limited amount of tests they have.

He adds that the hospital employs around 2,000 people. 

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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