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Hospital beds available in Glenn County, staffing levels become a challenge

Hospitals across California are adapting to meet the needs of coronavirus patients. Action News Now wanted to find out how facilities in smaller communities are faring.

Posted: Jan 7, 2021 9:53 AM

GLENN COUNTY, Calif. - Glenn County Public Health (GCPH) officials say the county's only hospital has plenty of beds, but admit it is not easy with a staffing shortage.

The county's only hospital "Glenn Medical Center," located in Willows.

The facility has 47 licensed beds, 27 patients, and 20 beds available, according to Amy Travis, Deputy Director for Glenn County Office of Emergency Services.

"Right now, with the critical shortages across the state is staffing," Travis said. "We have physical space but we do need more medical staff. We received a rapid medical response team from the California National Guard."

The response team consists of 10 members including a nurse practitioner and a physician's assistant. 

Travis says the extra manpower has helped keep staffing at a safe level.

GCPH officials say the hospital typically fills up during the flu season. They are reminding everyone to get their flu shot.

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