Lassen County issues local emergency, local health emergency declarations

“Due to the rapidly evolving situation in the State of California and, in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, Lassen County has declared a Local Health Emergency and a Local Emergency,” read a Friday, March 20 statement from the Lassen County Office of Emergency Services.

As of noon Thursday, March 19, the county opened its Emergency Operations Center.

The county is working with the city of Susanville, the Susanville Fire Department, Susanville Police Department, public health, Susanville Indian Rancheria, Northeastern Rural Health Clinic, Health and Social Services, SEMSA, the Lassen County Sheriff’s Department, Lassen Community College and Banner Lassen Medical Center.

“The EOC is a functional organization that serves the Lassen County Operational Area and whose purpose is planning, coordination, and asset allocation. The EOC also assists with information collection, sharing, and dissemination. The EOC supports the various departments and personnel working to safeguard the citizens of Lassen County” read the statement released Friday afternoon.

Moreover, the county has created a website,, to provide timely information as situations unfold and foster support of the community.

A local hotline for COVID-19 is available to answer any questions the public may have about COVID-19. The call center will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It can be reached at 251-8100.

Lassen County continues to monitor the statewide COVID-19 situation. The County has, to date, submitted a total of 13 samples for testing. Six have been returned with negative results for COVID-19, seven are still outstanding. Lassen County to date has zero confirmed cases of COVID-19.