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Redding hospitals say they're prepared to handle a coronavirus surge

As businesses try to get back to normal, coronavirus cases keep climbing.

Posted: Jun 23, 2020 6:39 PM
Updated: Jun 24, 2020 10:25 AM

REDDING, Calif. - As businesses try to get back to normal the coronavirus cases keep climbing.

“I think as things open back up we'll start to see a rise in cases,” said Kerri Schuette, a spokesperson for the Shasta Health and Human Services Agency.

Since Thursday, Shasta County has had more than 20 cases. But hospital tells Action News Now they’re ready in case the surge continues.

“Even though we are seeing a surge of cases within the county, we will continue to do the screenings of the patients in our hospital,” said Mark Mitchelson, the Chief Nursing Officer at Shasta Regional Medical Center.

“We require the masking of every person that comes through the hospital.”

Mitchelson says they’ve on secured enough PPE for its staff at the start of the pandemic.

“We are highly confident that we have enough PPE for the staff if we get a surge of cases,” said Mitchelson.

Mitchelson adds Shasta Regional set up isolation rooms for people who test positive for coronavirus. But the rapid testing kits have really helped.

“It's been a huge win for us and within in the county because having this capability allows us not to have many rule outs within the hospital that might overwhelm the number of negative pressure rooms we have,” said Mitchelson.

Action News Now also checked in with Mercy Medical Hospital. The hospital says it is also prepared to handle a surge of coronavirus cases and that it's well-stocked on PPE.

But for Redding business owner Patty Nadeau, despite the jump in cases business is still open. Nadeau opened her store, Bargain Books and More, back in February but closed a month later because of the pandemic. Customers have slowly been coming back. But

“A bookstore isn't like an eatery it takes a while to build your clientele,” said Nadeau. “I’m hoping we don’t have to shut down again but $100 a day would help keep my doors open.”

Nadeau tells Action News Now if another shutdown were to happen, her business won’t be able to bounce back.

“I might not make it if I have to shut down again,” said Nadeau. “I might have to close.”

Shasta County Public Health says it’s not asking businesses to shut down again. But wants to emphasize wearing a mask in public and limiting everyday activities to help reduce the spread.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 591376

Reported Deaths: 10753
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Orange41823745
San Bernardino38290555
San Diego33157602
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Fresno17978191
Alameda14112209
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Tulare11643205
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Imperial9919252
Ventura874093
San Francisco783467
Santa Barbara707473
San Mateo6535122
Merced610274
Monterey562839
Marin547181
Kings506762
Solano433841
Sonoma382551
Madera259040
Placer237724
San Luis Obispo230017
Yolo189845
Santa Cruz13166
Butte12808
Napa114211
Sutter10197
El Dorado7852
San Benito7674
Lassen6830
Yuba6784
Mendocino47810
Shasta46910
Glenn4363
Colusa3975
Nevada3571
Tehama3041
Humboldt2934
Lake2532
Amador19510
Calaveras1611
Mono1601
Tuolumne1592
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