PDH without power; ER is on diversion

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that the generator that isn’t working currently is the hospital’s generator. 

Please be careful out there. Plumas District Hospital CEO JoDee Read wants residents to know that the hospital is currently without power and its backup generator has failed. PG&E personnel will be providing another backup generator, but for the time being the emergency room is on diversion.

“We have notified the California Department of Public Health,” Read said. What makes this situation even more serious is the dire straight of local roads. Highway 70 is now closed between Quincy and Hallelujah Junction to transport patients.

Chief Operating Officer Darren Beatty said that an ambulance was able to transport a patient this morning at 4 a.m.

As for the clinics, a decision is still being made. There is backup power to the clinic buildings, but another issue is the ability of staff to get to the hospital campus. Read said they are working on a plan to open the Quincy building as a walk-in clinic and more information will be provided soon.

Finally, the phone system is out, making it nearly impossible for persons to contact the hospital. To send a message email [email protected] Dial 911 for an emergency.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.