Date: 8/18/21
For: Immediate Distribution
As of 1300 (1:00 PM) hours on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office has released the evacuation order for the communities around Lake Almanor (
PLEASE NOTE – Seneca Healthcare District (SHD)is not yet open. Seneca Healthcare District Hospital Incident Command Center (HICC) and staff from SHD have been cleaning, restoring and restocking the facility as preparation for State Inspection tentatively scheduled for Friday, August 20, 2021. This inspection and approval from the State of California regulatory agencies is a requirement for reopening the facility. As such, Seneca recommends that individuals with health concerns wait to return. Those deciding to return will need to ensure they bring any supplies associated with individual medical needs as not all our suppliers have been able to travel to Chester. Additionally, there are many businesses and services within the community that are not yet open or available.
Pending approval from local and state authorities, the Emergency Room and Acute Care Unit will open at 0800 (8:00 AM) Saturday, August 21, 2021. 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. While these anticipated dates are being shared, please be aware that ALL dates of opening are subject to change based on a number of factors. Seneca will continue to update the public of any changes to the planned opening should they arise.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during these times. We are looking forward to having our community back home and beginning the process of recovery together.
Please contact our PIO line at (530) 258-6323 with any questions or concerns.