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.