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Shasta County hospitals prepared to meet surge in coronavirus cases

Shasta County is seeing a spike in Covid-19 hospital cases, leaving some people feeling worried about the rise in cases.

Posted: Nov 11, 2020 6:19 PM
Updated: Nov 12, 2020 10:11 AM

REDDING, Calif. - Shasta County is seeing a spike in Covid-19 hospital cases, leaving some people feeling worried about the rise in cases.

“It's very worrisome,” said Maxwell Vranna of Redding. “I just wish people would wear a mask and protect themselves and each other so that we can get through this together.”

Both Shasta Regional Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center told Action News Now they are prepared to meet the demand in cases because it’s something they’ve been preparing for, for a long time.

But people like Vranna are still concerned about what the surge could mean for the hospitals in the area.

“That's always going to be a fear in the back of your mind,” said Vranna.

“You hope that they have a plan in place to make sure that we don't get to that point but it always is a fear in the back of my mind.”

In a statement to Action News Now, Mercy Medical Center said, “Currently, the number of Covid-related patients needing ICU care remains low and our capacity is not in jeopardy. We have the ability to expand well beyond our current ICU capacity.

Shasta Regional Medical Center says its ICU is at 3% capacity and is ready to meet the needs of the community whether it’s Covid-related or other medical needs.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Shasta health leaders said they were seeing an increase in community transmission. While cases rise, people have trust in their hospitals.

“Hospital cases are going to rise because of the fear of Covid-19,” said Eric Nielsen of Redding. “But I don’t think it will cause a dramatic increase to where they're overrun.”

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