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Military crews set-up temporary field hospital in Redding

Crews started setting up the temporary field hospital at the Redding Civic Auditorium.

Posted: Apr 4, 2020 6:58 PM
Updated: Apr 4, 2020 7:18 PM

REDDING, Calif.-Crews started setting up the temporary field hospital at the Redding Civic Auditorium.

Work at the Redding Civic Auditorium has already begun as military personnel worked to convert the auditorium into a makeshift hospital.

“So this is definitely part of our preparations and we definitely want to have more capacity to treat people who are ill in our community," says Donnell Ewert, Director of the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency.

The Redding Civic Auditorium was chosen as one of the sites for a temporary field hospital.

“I just want to assure the public that right now our hospitals have plenty of capacity. They are not full," says Ewert. “What we’re doing here is preparing for a time in the future, in the next few weeks when they may become full. They may become full of very sick individuals.”

Health officials say the makeshift hospital will not house coronavirus patients.

“What we’re going to do is we’re going to move the less sick individuals who don’t have COVID-19 over to this facility," says Ewert. So this is going to be an acute facility.”

Everyday it will be staffed and ready to go, if needed.
"So initially, if we’re are activated, we are going start bringing patients in from the facilities," says Eric Saliba, Branch Chief for the FMS.

As to how it will operate, officials say it will run like a normal hospital.

"If they’re ready to go home and we have a safe place to send them to, they’ll be discharged," says Saliba. "If they continue to meet the need for a med surge bed, they’ll stay here."

Officials say the temporary field hospital will remain in Redding until the coronavirus is gone.

The temporary field hospital will be able to serve 13 counties north of Sacramento.

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