Date: 8/20/21
For: Immediate Distribution
As of 1400 (2:00 PM) hours on Friday, August 20, 2021, Seneca Healthcare District has received final approval from local and state authorities for the healthcare facility to open and operate. The Emergency Room and Acute Care Unit will open at 0800 (8:00 AM) tomorrow Saturday, August 21, 2021 and the Almanor Walk-in Clinic will open the Clinic and the Family practices at 0800 (8:00 AM) Monday, August 23. All outpatient and auxiliary services will open by Monday, August 23 as well. Please check with your individual physician’s office as some of our providers’ offices will not be immediately opening.
Plumas County is experiencing a considerable surge in active COVID cases. Over the recent evacuation period, much of our community evacuated to areas with higher incidence of COVID infection. As such, Seneca will be practicing strict access and visitation guidelines in accordance with recently updated CDC and CDPH guidelines.
Procedures for gaining entrance to Seneca Healthcare are as follows: All entrances to the facilities will be locked so that all people entering the facility can be screened prior to entry. Once you reach the doors to the hospital or clinic please ring the bell for assistance. Ringing the bell alerts the staff that someone is at the door. Please be patient in waiting for this person to come as they may be assisting another person and will be with you as soon as possible. Staff will step outside to do a screening which includes taking a temperature, a short questionnaire with regard to common COVID-19 symptoms and discussing any recent potential exposures. Appropriate masks will be mandatory for persons entering all facilities. Mask with exhalation valves are not acceptable. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you to wear while within the facility. If you are not able to wear a mask for medical reasons, please notify staff and the alternative steps will be taken.
Thank you for your continued support during these times. We are looking forward to having our community back home, being able to serve our patients and beginning the process of recovery together.
Please contact our PIO line at (530) 258-2085 with any questions or concerns.