4 COVID-19 deaths reported in Butte County, more likely coming this week

Butte County Public Health said 16 of 19 deaths since late July have been reported in the last seven days.

Posted: Sep 13, 2021 2:40 PM
Updated: Sep 13, 2021 4:53 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Four people in Butte County have died from COVID-19, according to Butte County Public Health (BCPH).

The four people were in the 55 to 64, 65 to 75 and 75 and older age groups.

Since April 15, public health said 4% of 25 deaths in people under the age of 80 were fully vaccinated.

It added that 19 deaths have been reported since late July and 16 of those deaths have been reported in the last seven days.

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Butte County has reported 221 total deaths and 56 probable deaths, which are defined as a person who has tested positive with an antigen test rather than a viral PCR test.

“Typically, hospitalizations increase 1-2 weeks after an increase in the number of cases, and lives lost increases 1-2 weeks after the increase in hospitalizations,” said Linda Lewis, Health Scientist and Epidemiologist for BCPH in a news release. “Then there is an additional delay in reporting deaths as we gather the needed information to determine that the death was due to COVID-19. Tragically, many of these deaths could have been avoided if more people had been vaccinated.”

BCPH said more deaths are likely to be reported later this week but it is waiting for medical records and death certificate confirmation before making the announcement. 

Public health is urging people to get vaccinated and for people to get their second shot if they missed it.

Click here to see a list of vaccination sites and call the Butte County COVID-19 call center at (530) 552-3050.

For continuing coronavirus coverage, click here.

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