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The Far North Continues To Face Challenges


  • Butte County
  • Colusa County
  • Glenn County
  • Lassen County
  • Modoc County
  • Plumas County
  • Shasta County
  • Siskiyou County
  • Tehama County
  • Trinity County


The 10 counties in the Northern Sierra Section continue to face challenging times. COVID-19 hospitalizations are still on the increase at many hospitals, while workforce challenges remain. Fortunately, most health care workers have come into compliance with the vaccine mandate. This proved especially critical because, as the mandate deadline approached, a significant number of employees and physicians chose to retire, leave health care, or move to another state. The threat from wildfires has largely subsided and, aside from caregiver fatigue and shortages, hospitals are well-prepared to care for their communities. Hospital CEOs recently met with the staff of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office to bring them up to speed on the current challenges related to COVID-19, some of which will have repercussions for years to come. An ask was made of the senator to support the extension of reporting and spending deadlines for federal COVID-19 relief until the pandemic is over. Without this extension, these counties, which have experienced greater surges later than many, will be returning federal funds when they need them most.

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