Need for ICU beds increase statewide

A recent surge in ICU usage has Gov. Gavin Newsom concerned for Butte County.

Posted: Jul 14, 2020 9:19 PM
Updated: Jul 15, 2020 9:30 AM

CHICO, Calif. -- Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed concerns over the surge in ICU beds statewide.

"We're starting to see in some rural parts of the state an increase in ICU use that is generating some concern. Let me be specific, in Placer County and Butte County, ICU capacity is now limited south of twenty percent capacity."

Yet, Enloe Medical Center Spokesman Joe Page says Enloe has the resources to handle a surge.

Butte County has recorded more than 416 positive coronavirus cases since the pandemic started. A number some find concerning.

Sam Lowthorp, who lives in Chico, said “…people are a little bit careless. It's been spreading pretty quick so it's all a bit scary. It's a bummer yeah. summer's ruined with the boys a little bit, but other than that we just take it with a grain of salt. We're happy, healthy, and safe here.”

Others say they aren’t as worried.

“It's not a concern for me. I have family in New York and in the bay area and for them, it's a much bigger deal but I'm not worried about it locally,” said Trent Walsh, a Chico native for almost 32 years.

Action News Now reached out to Oroville Hospital and Orchard Hospital to comment on ICU bed availability, and possible concerns, but no representatives were able to comment.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 574231

Reported Deaths: 10476
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Los Angeles2105434998
Riverside41983820
Orange40527726
San Bernardino36072546
San Diego32975594
Kern24440171
Fresno17846171
Alameda13631209
San Joaquin12864223
Santa Clara12694205
Sacramento12040177
Tulare10862196
Stanislaus10264169
Imperial9693244
Contra Costa9404139
Ventura863492
San Francisco762367
Santa Barbara670469
San Mateo6318120
Merced573670
Monterey544635
Marin540481
Kings445356
Solano427441
Sonoma367047
Madera246339
Placer231922
San Luis Obispo225416
Yolo183444
Santa Cruz12436
Butte12388
Napa107411
Sutter9527
San Benito7654
El Dorado7552
Lassen6830
Yuba6464
Mendocino47210
Shasta45910
Colusa3914
Glenn3603
Nevada3571
Humboldt2864
Tehama2761
Lake2402
Amador1822
Mono1581
Tuolumne1553
Calaveras1471
Inyo1063
Siskiyou1020
Del Norte1000
Mariposa622
Plumas360
Modoc50
Trinity50
Sierra40
Alpine20
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