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.

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