GRIDLEY, Calif. – Orchard Hospital confirmed Monday they are dealing with an outbreak of Covid-19 cases in both staff and patients.
Officials with the hospital said on Nov. 25, regular weekly testing of staff started showing higher than normal positivity rates. The number of positive results warranted the testing of all patients admitted in Orchard Hospital, including the skilled nursing facility, also known as Hovlid Community Care Center (HCCC).
In total, hospital officials said 16 staff, and 32 patients, tested positive for the virus.
"Just like every hospital in the country right now, we are caring for COVID-19 patients within our hospital,” Steve Stark, Orchard Hospital's CEO, said. “We were successful for many months of maintaining an almost zero infection rate, but despite our best efforts, COVID-19 has found its way into our hospital.”
Orchard Hospital is a 24-bed general acute critical access hospital with an 82-bed distinct part skilled nursing facility. Orchard Hospital provides emergency, inpatient, and outpatient services to many communities in and around Butte County.