Information about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Including changes to our visitor policy

Cornonavirus (COVID-19)


Virtual COVID-19 Resource Tool


Use this tool for a COVID-19 assessment, frequently asked questions and resources.


COVID-19 Vaccine Update:

Orchard Hospital has received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. This website provides information on our current vaccination activities for approved groups and regular updates on changes in vaccine availability.

We are resuming our scheduling for the First Dose Community Vaccination of the COVID-19 Vaccine.

Who Can Get Vaccinated Now:

Vaccine availability depends on age, and in some cases, your occupation. Community members that meet the following criteria can call (530) 797-3595 to schedule an appointment.
Due to frequent updates and expanding eligible populations, we strongly encourage you to return to this website or contact us for the most up-to-date information.

Those currently eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Individuals 65 years of age or older
  • Persons with At-risk Health Conditions, ages 16-64
  • Agriculture workers age 18 +
  • Healthcare Worker
  • Emergency Services
  • Education and Childcare
  • All food workers (any place that sells food)
  • Childcare workers
  • Public Transportation
  • Public Works
  • Public Utilities
  • Disaster Service Workers

The COVID-19 Vaccine is by appointment only. Please call and leave a message at (530) 797-3595. We will call you back within 48 hours!

Who Can Get Vaccinated Now:

Vaccine availability depends on age, and in some cases, your occupation. Community members that meet the following criteria can call (530) 797-3595 to schedule an appointment.
Due to frequent updates and expanding eligible populations, we strongly encourage you to return to this website or contact us for the most up-to-date information.

Severe Health Conditions- 16-64 (those listed by California Department of Public Health)

  • Cancer, current with debilitated or immunocompromised state
  • Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
  • Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent
  • Down syndrome
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (excludes hypertension)
  • Severe obesity (Body Mass Index ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%
Disaster Service Workers & Emergency Services 
  • Public, private, and voluntary personnel (front line and management) in emergency management, law enforcement, fire and rescue services, emergency medical services, corrections, rehabilitation and reentry, search and rescue, hazardous material response, and technicians supporting maritime and aviation emergency response.
  • Public Safety Answering Points and 911 call center employees; personnel involved in access to emergency services including the emergency alert system and wireless emergency alerts.
  • Fusion Center employees
  • Workers who support weather disaster / natural hazard monitoring, response, mitigation, and prevention, including personnel conducting, supporting, or facilitating wildfire mitigation activities
  • Workers – including contracted vendors — who maintain, manufacture, or supply equipment and services supporting law enforcement, fire, EMS, and emergency service response operations (including safety equipment, electronic security, and uniforms)
  • Workers responding to abuse and neglect of children, elders, and dependent adults.
  • Animal control officers and humane officers
  • Security staff to maintain building access control and physical security measures
  • Workers and contracted vendors who maintain and provide services and supplies to public safety facilities, including emergency communication center, public safety answering points, public safety communications centers, emergency operation centers, fire, and emergency medical services station.

How We Distribute Vaccines:

Orchard Hospital follows vaccination mandates from the local county health authorities where we offer care. Our local county health authorities determine our vaccine supply and whom we vaccinate. As these mandates are being updated rapidly, our goal is to provide you the updates you need on this website.

Stay safe and healthy:

Vaccines are just one of several tools to help end the pandemic. It remains essential for everyone, including those who have been vaccinated, to continue covering mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, staying at least 6 feet away from others, getting tested when needed, and following all guidance from state and county health officials.

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Orchard Hospital is closely monitoring the status of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and following guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Butte County Public Health.

For more information, please visit CDC's website at and for updates on Covid-19 in Butte County and resources regarding the disease visit .

Should I still receive care or visit the hospital?

Yes! As in any hospital, there are many infection control and management measures in place at all times. We manage infectious disease every day in the hospital. We are here to care for everyone and to make sure everyone gets excellent care.

Please plan to keep all existing appointments unless Orchard Hospital or the Medical Specialty Center contacts you directly to reschedule. Our top priority is to provide safe, high-quality care for our patients.

What are the symptoms of novel coronavirus?

Novel coronavirus symptoms include fever, dry coughs or the shortness of breath associated with respiratory illness, and other flu-like symptoms. Sinus congestion or pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea are unlikely to be associated with COVID-19.

Call your primary care provider if you experience symptoms and believe you have been in close contact with a person known to have novel coronavirus.

How do I know if I need medical attention?

Just like any other medical condition, there are times when you need to see your primary care provider and times when you need to seek hospital-level care. Most of those same conditions apply to COVID-19.

If you need to go to the hospital because you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or get to a hospital immediately. If you have symptoms that are difficult to manage, but not that serious, call your primary care provider or seek urgent care.

If you have symptoms that seem like a common cold, but aren’t that serious, isolate yourself, treat it at home, and try not to share the infection with others.

Changes to Visitor Policy (Updated April 9, 2021):

 At Orchard Hospital, we want to provide you and your loved ones with the best healthcare experience possible. We remain diligent in our fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) and the health and safety of our patients, caregivers and communities is our top priority.

While we understand the importance of emergency and in-hospital patients having family members and loved ones by their side, the following visitor policies are necessary in order to best protect patients and those providing care.

Screening processes are in place for all visitors before entering facilities. Visitors must be screened at the Well-O Station in the lobby before allowed to enter the facility. All visitors must wear a mask, and only 1-2 visitors are allowed at a time.

On behalf of our staff and patients, we thank you for your understanding and compliance.


Orchard Hospital is a SAFE SURRENDER SITE: By state law, an infant up to 72 hours old may be left with a health care profession at Orchard Hospital, legally and anonymously.