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Oroville Hospital gives update on ICU and vaccine expectations

ICU's in some counties are being pushed to the limits, but one hospital administrator in Butte County says Oroville Hospital still has room. Action News Now spoke to a doctor from Oroville Hospital who explains how the hospital is doing, and reveals when they are hoping to get their first round of vaccines.

Posted: Dec 18, 2020 6:57 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - ICU's in some counties are being pushed to the limits, but one hospital administrator in Butte County says Oroville Hospital still has room. Action News Now spoke to a doctor from Oroville Hospital who explains how the hospital is doing.

Physician and Head of Infection Control Committee Dr. Roy Shannon says the hospital still has capacity in their ICU.

There are hundreds of health care workers working at the Oroville Hospital making sure people who live there have somewhere to go if they get sick.

"You know it varies from time to time, but we still have capacity to take care of patients with COVID and we have capacity to take care of patients with other critical needs outside of COVID," said Dr. Shannon.

Dr. Shannon said of the people in their ICU right now about 50% of those are COVID-19 patients.

"Sometimes if a patient no longer needs ICU care, but it will be hard to find another room to move them to, sometimes we leave them there until we need to. We definitely have the ICU capacity to take care of the people of Oroville," said Dr. Shannon.

Dr. Shannon added as far as their staff, they have enough health care workers to take care of the needs in Oroville as well.

"The rate of infection among our staff is no better I mean no worse, maybe a little less than the infection rate of the community at large," said Dr. Shannon.

Dr. Shannon also informed Action News Now they are hoping to receive their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations on December 20th, 2020. 

"It is very possible the first dose might be late in the evening, if we get it late in the day we would start right away. If we get it too late we will start very early in the morning to catch the night shift," said Dr. Shannon.

Dr. Shannon said front-line workers will be the first to receive the vaccines.

"Health care providers in the Emergency Room, people are coming in, nobody knows what they have. Then after that it will be all the other doctors who are taking care of patients. The Intensive Care nurses and the other area of the hospital where you could have a COVID patients," said Dr. Shannon.

Dr. Shannon added he plans to get the vaccine.

"Yes I am I sure am yes. The vaccine looks to be safe, it looks to be quite effective. We know the disease is quite bad. We know the disease is very prevalent. I would say the potential benefits of getting the vaccine far outweigh the risks," said Dr. Shannon.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3095814

Reported Deaths: 35549
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Riverside2558082739
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Kern87240572
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Yolo10852138
Shasta9750123
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El Dorado788649
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Napa773145
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Yuba499627
Tehama433244
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Nevada323874
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Lake264631
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Glenn195520
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