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Red Cross facing evacuation shelter changes due to COVID-19 pandemic

Action News Now Esteban Reynoso was in Thermalito with more on how the coronavirus is impacting the Red Cross' ability to help fire victims.

Posted: Jun 18, 2020 4:39 PM

THERMALITO, Calif. - As we get into the wildfire season, the Red Cross is getting ready to answer the call.

The 95-acre Nelson Fire burned three homes and damaged two other buildings Wednesday.

The Red Cross responded quickly, helping victims by handing out food and water. Normally, it would set up shelters where victims could rest, recover, and get support. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic going on, they had to make sure people could stay socially distant.

Officials with the Red Cross told Action News Now it can be expensive.

"Our mission to alleviate human suffering has not changed, but how we do it has," Executive Director with the Red Cross Northeast Chapter, Nuriddin Ziyadinov said. "That means hotels, that means different motels, and different housing options. That means we are taking some extra costs on our end. So hotels and everything that's being paid for by the Red Cross."

The Nelson Fire victims are staying with family instead of with the Red Cross. If they can't find hotel rooms for disaster victims, the Red Cross said it will set up a socially distant shelter.

The Red Cross receives most of its money from donations.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3015644

Reported Deaths: 33724
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles102419013936
San Bernardino2540941560
Riverside2422062517
Orange2123892367
San Diego2117872103
Santa Clara935571076
Kern85362565
Fresno82039932
Sacramento801541080
Alameda67375764
Ventura61257412
San Joaquin57094748
Contra Costa52146449
Stanislaus42548749
Tulare41016501
Monterey35418250
San Mateo32186294
San Francisco29139262
Imperial25253463
Solano25216105
Santa Barbara24481231
Sonoma23871240
Merced23800296
Kings19254133
Placer17194173
San Luis Obispo15658128
Madera13328130
Santa Cruz12196113
Marin11569154
Yolo10519131
Shasta9594117
Butte9411121
El Dorado765944
Sutter760477
Napa752139
Lassen509413
San Benito494143
Yuba481827
Tehama397142
Tuolumne330438
Nevada317673
Mendocino311432
Amador300129
Lake257228
Humboldt232224
Glenn192419
Colusa16919
Calaveras160823
Siskiyou140813
Mono10914
Inyo92429
Del Norte8572
Plumas5735
Modoc3793
Mariposa3464
Trinity3024
Alpine730
Sierra700
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Another very windy day for northern California as an area of low pressure continues its southward trek over our state. Thankfully we'll have much quieter weather on Wednesday, with more rain and snow chances coming.
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