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Camp Fire Tips and Resources

Posted by Staff on November 15, 2018

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted or displaced by the Camp Fire. We’re committed to staying up to date and providing you with the latest health and fire related information, as well tips to take care of yourself and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.

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What is a Public Health Emergency?

A public health emergency, defined as “an emergency need for health care services to respond to a disaster, significant outbreak of an infectious disease, bioterrorist attack or other significant or catastrophic event,” was declared in California on November 13 due to wildfires. What does this mean? The declaration gives the HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services beneficiaries and their healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs created by the wildfires. The devastation caused by the Camp Fire in our community requires continuous communication and safety measures to be taken.

How is the air quality?

The air quality in Butte County and beyond continues to be at unhealthy – and sometimes hazardous – levels. It’s important to pay attention to and continually monitor local air quality reports. You can do that at AirNow.gov. At these very unhealthy levels people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid all physical activity outdoors.

[Click here for a fact sheet with information on Protecting Children from Wildfire Smoke and Ash]

If possible stay indoors, keep windows shut and check or replace air filters in your home. If you must spend time outside, a respirator called “N95” is the most effective for protecting you from particles in smoke or ash. A N95 respirator filters out up to 95 percent of smoke particles and helps keep your lungs as smoke free as possible. You must ensure a proper fit for your mask to be effective.

N95 Mask example

If you're needing a N95 mask, there is a limited supply available at the Medical Specialty Center at Orchard Hospital in Gridley.

What can I do to protect myself from viruses?

Norovirus is a very contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Norovirus is not uncommon, especially this time of year, and it’s especially not uncommon for a shelter situation where you have hundreds of people living in very close quarters,” said Lisa Almaguer, spokeswoman for the Butte County Public Health Department.

You can decrease your chance of becoming ill with Norovirus, or of spreading Norovirus 

to others
by following these recommendations:
  • Wash your hands, especially after using the toilet, changing diapers, before eating, and 
    before preparing food
  • Wash raw fruits and vegetables and cook seafood thoroughly before eating
  • When you are ill, avoid preparing food for others for at least three days after the last 
    symptoms have occurred
  • Clean contaminated surfaces with bleach-based disinfectants

Learn more about how to protect yourself here. 

Where can I find related information and resources?

Use the helpful links below to stay updated on the Camp Fire:

Cal Fire – Camp Fire Incident Update

Action News Now Livestream

AirNow – Current Air Quality Conditions

Butte County Public Health

Camp Fire Map

FEMA Assistance

Disaster Distress Helpline - The Disaster Distress Helpline is dedicated to providing crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Call 1.800.985.5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

Orchard Hospital is open and providing services to the community and surrounding areas. 
If you need to be seen in a clinic, The Medical Specialty Center in Gridley is located at 284 Spruce St., and is opened for walk in care till 7 p.m.

Our mission at Orchard Hospital is to provide our community with superior health care. We strive to ensure that your experience at Orchard Hospital is as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Our priority is to provide you with the care you need when you need it, with skill, compassion, and respect.

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