REDDING, Calif. - Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency say it’s setting up a temporary field hospital at the Redding Civic Auditorium. Its door is not open, but it is there ready, if and when it’s needed.
“I think it's wonderful that we have this resource, this federal asset should we need it,” said Dr. Karen Ramstrom with Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency Health
The hospital will have up to 125 beds and will take in patients who are not severely sick or who have the coronavirus.
“We would use that field hospital for lesser sick patients,” said Robert Folden with Mercy Medical Hospital.
The auditorium beat out the Anderson County Fairgrounds and Shasta College for the hospital.
“We felt that the Redding Civic Auditorium was the best selection because of its close proximity to the hospitals,” said Kenneth Luke with Mercy Medical Hospital.
Action News Now spoke to people in Redding who says, that they're all for the temporary field hospital.
“It's good to have a secondary plan and they need something in case it really does hit up here, for all the outlying areas,” said Sylvia Coustier of Redding.
Because they believe it will do more than just provide extra support for the hospitals, it’s also another place for patients to go to without putting themselves at risk.
“If it's necessary for the combat of the pandemic then I’m all for it,” said Warren Mather from the City of Shasta Lake.
Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency say they plan to keep the field hospital could be up for six months or longer.