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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. March 24, 2020 – Butte County General Services will construct and test the county’s emergency tents this week. The goal is to check the structural integrity of each tent, ensuring functionality in the event they are needed for the COVID-19 response in Butte County.

Construction will take place on the East lawn of the Old County Hospital, located in Oroville at 2279 Del Oro. The tents are tentatively scheduled to go up on Thursday afternoon, weather permitting.

These emergency tents can be used for a variety of needs in response to COVID-19.The tents may serve as storage space for COVID-19 supplies. They may also be used to isolate people sick with COVID-19 in the event of a medical surge, where the capacity to treat patients at hospitals exceeds their number of beds and space.

Butte County Public Health owns the tents as part of their Emergency Preparedness program. General Services is assisting the Health Department with this construction as a function of the Department Operations Center, which has been activated since February 12th for COVID-19.

Stay informed about COVID-19 in Butte County:

COVID Information Lines:

Butte County COVID-19 Call Center, 8 am to 5 pm, everyday: 530.552.3050
Butte 211: Call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211.

The text line is available M-F from 7:30 am to 6 pm.