CHICO, Calif. - As cases rise all across the state, more people are seeking medical help. Now with the flu season amid the pandemic, some local urgent cares are preparing for a possible influx in patients.
Workers at Chico's Immediate Care Clinic, say they've been preparing for a spike these last few months.
Monday morning you could see patients packing the clinic to get tested.
C.E.O. of Immediate Care, Dr. Bradley Smith says they do about 100 rapid tests a day alone on top of helping patients with other medical issues.
He says they have had to hire more staff to keep up with the demand.
"My staff is frustrated, this is just really hard on everybody because there are not enough tests, not enough doctors, we are one private office and we are doing, more testing on a daily basis, as far as I know, than anyone else in Butte County," said Smith.
Patient, Laurie Jo Colbin, stopped by the clinic for a rapid coronavirus test on Monday morning. "I can't even imagine, I really appreciate the job they are doing, testing really needs to be ramped up and improved," said Colbin.
Dr. Smith says they have all the P.P.E. and medical supplies they need and working to get more of the rapid test kits.
Kristian Smith says they haven't seen their first case of the flu yet but anyone with symptoms will also get tested for the coronavirus.
He says he does think it's possible for people to get infected with both at the same time.
Dr. Smith says even though they are prepared with medical supplies and staff they are still concerned about the impacts the flu season could bring during the pandemic.
He adds, they have performed about 2400 rapid coronavirus tests since they first started offering them on October 26th.