Keeping You Informed
Enloe Answers Your Questions
Throughout the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, you have asked us several questions. We answer some of your questions below.
Q: How was Enloe Medical Center able to obtain personal protective equipment (PPE) during this situation?
A: Our procurement team has about 230 years of health care experience. This is the team that responded to the Orland bus crash, the Oroville Dam evacuations and the Camp Fire. We’re used to responding to disasters. Our team found new lines of supply, built new relationships and used disaster funds we had to buy us some time.
In addition, the generous outpouring from our community allowed us additional time, so we could establish new relationships overseas and take our time to test products and evaluate suppliers to ensure we got the quality products we needed.
“The generous outpouring from our community allowed us additional time, so we could establish new relationships overseas and take our time to test products and evaluate suppliers to ensure we got the quality products we needed.”
Q: What tests are available for COVID-19?
A: Two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests.
- A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
- An antibody test may tell you if you had an infection.
Antibody tests can help us understand how many people have been infected. However, this type of testing can give people a false sense of security. That’s because:
- Antibody testing does not determine if you currently have COVID-19 or are contagious.
- At this time, a positive antibody test cannot determine if you are protected against a second infection.
- A positive test does not change recommendations for the use of personal protective equipment or social distancing.
As a result, antibody testing should not be used to determine if you are immune to COVID-19.
Q: If I choose to get an antibody test, what do my test results mean?
A: Negative test results mean no antibodies were detected. Remember that negative results are not always an indication that you have not been infected. Sometimes negative results mean:
- You were infected, but your immune system was not strong enough to make antibodies.
- You may be infected, but your body has not had enough time to make antibodies. This can take one to three weeks after being infected.
Positive test results mean antibodies were detected. This may:
- Mean you were infected at some point in the past
- Be inaccurate, in other words, the test could be a false positive
“Should the county experience an uptick of positive COVID-19 cases, outdoor screening tents could again be set up within a few hours’ notice.”
Q: The North State has not seen a surge of COVID-19 cases and more businesses are opening. What has that meant for Enloe?
A: With Butte County beginning to open businesses in alignment with Stage 2 of California’s Resilience Roadmap, Enloe Medical Center has moved services back to the Enloe Rehabilitation Center, which had been the site of a Field Medical Station (FMS) in case area hospitals needed more beds.
We’ve also dismantled our screening tents outside the main entrance. However, we have incorporated patient and visitor screening processes into standard operating procedures at all Enloe facilities and these will stay in place for the foreseeable future.
Should the county experience an uptick of positive COVID-19 cases, outdoor screening tents could again be set up within a few hours’ notice.