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Enloe Answers Your Questions

Enloe Medical Center wants to keep you informed during these challenging times. Recently, you asked us a few questions regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and testing. We answer your questions below.

Q: At Enloe, what criteria can get a patient a Coronavirus test?
A: The criteria for COVID-19 testing is the presence of moderate to severe symptoms, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath. Based on this, and other criteria uncovered during triage, a caregiver will make the decision whether to test a patient.


 Enloe and Pathology Sciences Medical Group (PSMG) can provide limited on-site testing. As soon as results are received from the laboratory, a physician loads them into Enloe’s system and delivers the results to the patient."

Q: How does Enloe Medical Center deliver results to patients and what paperwork is provided?
A: Until recently, testing was not available in Butte County, which forced us to send test samples to regional labs outside our area. This caused frustration for patients and caregivers, alike, since results took days or weeks.

Now, despite the shortage of lab testing kits worldwide, Enloe and Pathology Sciences Medical Group (PSMG) can provide limited on-site testing. As soon as results are received from the laboratory, a physician loads them into Enloe’s system and delivers the results to the patient. For patients who have MyChart, test results are available within minutes.

Patients who are isolating at home receive education and guidelines for self-monitoring and isolation for 14 days. Test results are also shared with Butte County Public Health, which then conducts a contact tracing to identify those who had potential exposure to COVID-19 from this individual.

Q: What is Enloe’s current stock of personal protective equipment (PPE)?
A: Our stock of PPE changes hourly. With a known national shortage impacting every hospital, we continue to monitor our usage and work to ensure all usage is appropriate.

We are grateful to community members and businesses who have generously donated PPE and hand-sewn face masks for our caregivers. We continue to turn over every rock and explore every legitimate lead when it comes to ordering more PPE.


 Our projections, calculated in collaboration with Butte County Public Health, show that a projected surge of COVID-19 cases would not reach the level we experienced during the Camp Fire. We were able to meet the needs of our community at that time and are confident we can meet them now."

The recent Federal Medical Station (FMS) established at the Enloe Rehabilitation Center provides an additional source of critical supplies.

Q: What is the contingency plan in case of a surge of patients and what has been coordinated with other area hospitals?
A: Our contingency plan has been in place with neighboring hospitals across the region, as it was when we responded to several disasters over these last few years.

Our projections, calculated in collaboration with Butte County Public Health, show that a projected surge of COVID-19 cases would not reach the level we experienced during the Camp Fire. We were able to meet the needs of our community at that time and are confident we can meet them now. The FMS provides an additional 125 beds in the event extra capacity is needed.

Q: In a worst-case scenario, what is Enloe’s tentative capacity if all wings are activated? Would Enloe need to refuse patients from other areas with less capacity?
A: Our 298-bed acute care hospital expanded by 62 beds, recently relocated from our Rehabilitation Center when the FMS was developed. These additional beds on our main campus, as well as the opportunity to use the FMS, should enable us to handle the anticipated surge in Butte County and parts of neighboring counties.

Utilizing existing communication systems, hospitals across the region regularly collaborate to effectively manage capacity.

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