Dec. 8: Plumas add 7 new cases; tops 300; 80 are active

The Plumas County Public Health Agency announced this evening, Dec. 8, that there are 7 additional coronavirus cases. Following is a breakdown of today’s announced cases:

One resident from the Western Region (Chester/Lake Almanor)

Three residents from the Northern Region (Greenville/Indian Valley)

Three residents from the Southern Region (Quincy/American Valley)

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If an exposed resident is identified during the investigation, the resident will be contacted by a member of the Public Health COVID-19 Response Team for further screening.

There are now 301 total cases; 80 of those are active cases. Plumas News is interested in talking to anyone who has/had coronavirus and is willing to share their experience. They can remain anonymous if desired. Contact Debra Moore at [email protected]

During the Board of Supervisors meeting today, Public Health Director Andrew Woodruff said that he expects the Greater Sacramento Region (of which Plumas is a part) will be issued a stay-at-home order. The threshold for the order is 15 percent ICU capacity and the region is at 18.8 percent as of today.

As to why Plumas County is in that region, rather than the Northern California region, Public Health Director Andrew Woodruff explained, “The regions were looked at closely to determine which made the most sense from a hospital system perspective. When Plumas has patients who need a higher level of care, we often transfer them to Sacramento, Tahoe Forest, Reno, or Enloe. In addition, the state was interested in grouping counties whose health officers have existing relationships, so that inter-coordination of the COVID-19 response would be a smooth as possible. The overall goal of the Regional Stay Home Order is to help stop the surge and prevent overwhelming regional ICU capacity.”

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