REDDING, Calif. - Shasta County hospitalizations have more than tripled in the past few days. Shasta County Public Health says this means more people are getting sick from coronavirus.
“We are definitely concerned that diseases continue to spread in our community,” said Kerri Schuette, spokesperson for the Shasta Health and Human Services Agency.
“The disease has not gone anywhere,” Schuette adds.
“It is still very much here as you can tell from the increase in cases and the increase in hospitalizations.”
Public health says hospitals are handling the surge and aren't setting up alternative care sites yet but continue to make plans for one should the need arise.
But Mercy Medical Center is implementing its surge capacity plan. That means it isolated all positive COVID-19 cases onto one floor and is limiting staff to help prevent spread.
“We have a very solid surge plan in our area,” said Kenneth Luke, the Director for Security and Emergency Management at Mercy Medical Center.
“It involves opening up different areas of the hospitals, such as auditoriums and cafeterias, different places we can put patients if we need to.”
Mercy Medical Center says it can handle the surge in patients but several people tell Action News Now the numbers are still a concern.
“I think everybody should be a little bit more concerned with the rising numbers,” said Debbie Stokes of Anderson, “I think people should be more careful.”
“Even if they're not yet overwhelmed the stress levels must be rising,” said Alison Krupit from Redding.
For now, Shasta County Public Health continues to urge people to wear masks and practice social distancing
“It's really important that people continue to wear those cloth face coverings when they're in public, wash their hands, and stay home when they're sick,” said Schuette.
Action News Now also reached out to Shasta Community Health Center. The health center says it believes it can handle an increase in patients and even repurposed one of its buildings to handle large testing groups.