BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - As cases in the region climb, Action News Now reached out to the three hospitals in Butte County to ask about their plans in case of a surge after the holidays.
Dr. Roy Shannon at Oroville Hospital says they've been preparing for a surge for months and they are ready to help the community with whatever they need.
"The only detail I can and want to share is that we will take care of people when they come in and we will take care of our community. Exactly how we will do it and the planning for that is just too complex to try to get into a short news segment, " said Dr. Shannon.
Butte County Public Health Communications Manager Lisa Almaguer says each one of these hospitals has a plan in case they need to increase their ICU bed capacity.
"I know that they've looked and identified other buildings and locations where they can stand up surge capacities," she said. "As we saw in the past in the spring, there were triage tents set up, they have those types of resources available."
At Enloe Medical Center, officials were not able to provide specific details. However, they did share the following statement.
"We are currently operating under normal high census conditions, with limited beds at all levels of care. In addition, we have a multilayered surge plan in place which will allow us to increase bed capacity when specific triggers are met. We are continuously reviewing our capacity and staffing needs," said Enloe Marketing Manager, Joe Page.
Action News Now was unable to get in contact with hospital officials at Orchard Hospital in Gridley.
Right now, the total number of people hospitalized in Butte County shows 41, but if you look at the state's website it actually shows 77. Butte County Public Health says this is because they only report Butte County residents and the state takes care of reporting the others, who are people hospitalized in Butte who are from other counties.
Almaguer also provided an update about the stay-at-home order that is currently in effect in Butte County.
"Our region was required to be under this order for a minimum of 21 days. January 1st is that 21 day period, but before the order can be lifted, the state will run a four-week ICU bed capacity projection for the region. The projection will be run on the first day after we are eligible for the order to be lifted. That means they will run that projection over the weekend."
She says we should have an answer early next week about whether or not we will have to continue under the stay-at-home order.